What happens if you fall on the job?
When you slip and fall at work, you are protected by workers’ compensation. If you fall on the job, you must report the accident as soon as possible to your employer. There are detailed guidelines for reporting workplace injuries. If you fail to report the injury within the required timeframe, your employer may deny your claim. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take immediately after an accident to ensure that you are protected and get the full benefits you deserve. If you are injured in a slip and fall on the job, contact Dozier Law today.
First, get medical attention. Your employer’s health insurance company will require you to have a medical examination after an accident. While you have the right to choose your physician, some companies will insist that you see their company doctor. Getting a full medical examination can determine whether you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits or whether you can safely return to work. Here are some tips to help you get the best medical care after an accident at work.
Accidents can result in a variety of injuries. Slip and fall accidents are a common cause of workers’ compensation claims and 1 million emergency room visits each year, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Even minor falls can result in serious injuries. Broken bones are the most common types of injuries, while head injuries are the most serious. Even if you are only injured in a minor way, serious injuries may prevent you from returning to work or even your job for a long time.
If your accident was caused by a property owner or company’s negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit. If you have an injury due to a slip and fall at work, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages or medical bills. In California, employers are legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Moreover, if your employer does not carry workers’ compensation, you may qualify for a fund called the Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund. This fund can cover your medical expenses in the event of an accident.