For most parents, our jobs are a safe environment where we spend eight hours to be productive members of society before coming home to our families. However, accidents can happen, and unfortunately, could turn into serious injuries. In the past year, over 2.8 million nonfatal injuries and related illnesses happened in private workplaces, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Aside from investing in life insurance, it is also important for working parents to ensure that they are protected while on the job. Not to mention, understanding your rights and which programs to pursue should you need to protect yourself and your family after getting hurt on the job.
Make an Accident Report
Depending on the company policy, the methods of reporting injuries can differ. If you are hurt, the initial step is to notify your employer and explain how the injury happened, the level of pain you are experiencing, and the specific details of when it occurred. But as a general rule, employees should do it as soon as possible. If the incident does happen at your office job, don’t be afraid to ask about your rights to workers’ comp insurance as it should be done as soon as the injury or illness occurs to avoid any red tape.
Record Company and Insurance Interactions
Once your claim is processed, you will be presented with either a full payment to cover medical costs or the claim may be denied. One common cause for denied claims is a late application to the employer, disputing your version of the incident. When interacting with employers and their insurance companies, keep a record. This includes the date, time, and the exact words said during the event. It should also contain the names of the other people present during those conversations, regardless of their significance. If your request is declined, you can consult a worker’s compensation attorney and appeal in court.
Get Medical Care and Follow the Physician’s Advice
When faced with a workplace-related accident, follow your doctor’s written orders. Not only will this work as evidence to your claim but also prevent any risks or injuries experienced after. You may also consider disability insurance in the case that you are temporarily or permanently unable to work due to the injury. Not to mention, it will help supplement your social security benefits.
Getting injured at work can become a nightmare when employees don’t know what to do. Following these activities ensures getting the right treatment with compensation. In the end, the best solution is prevention and awareness. Be aware of workplace hazards and stay cautious of any potential risks that you may face on the job.