19 Jul HOW SHOULD YOU HANDLE AN ON-THE-JOB INJURY?
by James M. Patton, Founding Attorney
Getting hurt on the job can disrupt anyone’s normal life and routine. At some point in an average Alabama worker’s career, they will likely be confronted with an on-the-job injury. Unfortunately, many people do not know the best course of action when they have to deal with a work injury. Even though every case has its own unique facts and circumstances, employees who have been hurt should generally follow this list by The Patton Firm:
1. If capable, alert someone in the area of the injury.
2. SEEK TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY
• Discuss with your immediate supervisor or employer your injury and the need for medical treatment.
3. Report your injury as soon as possible to your immediate supervisor.
4. If your employer does not make treatment arrangements with their workers’ compensation carrier, submit your initial medical bills to your employer*.
5. Be sure to keep all medical bills, medical records, workers’ compensation benefits check stubs and any other documentation that is connected to your work injury.
6. Create and maintain a general log of events, appointments, lost work days, and progress as you recover from your injury.
7. If possible, photograph your injuries and the subsequent healing process.
If you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you have rights. If you feel your rights have not been respected, then give the experienced attorneys at The Patton Firm at (205) 933-8953 to set up your free consultation.
*Most employers are required to provide worker’s compensation; however, some are not. On-the-job injury laws and workers’ compensation laws can be complex. It is never too early to consult with a knowledgeable attorney about on-the-job injury matters