Being injured at work is a stressful experience. If you have been injured while on the job, there are several steps you need to take to protect your ability to pursue workers’ compensation benefits. Our firm has guided hundreds of clients through the California workers’ compensation process. We will help you file a claim and seek the benefits you need to recover and move forward from the accident.
After a Workplace Accident, You Need To:
- Seek Medical Attention
After a workplace accident, it is important to seek medical attention. If you are seriously injured, call 911 and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. However, even if you feel uninjured, it is still important to make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries, such as soft tissue trauma, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injuries, and whiplash, may not show symptoms for some time after the accident. By seeing your doctor, you can receive the treatment you need and use your medical records to support your workers’ comp claim.
- Gather Evidence
Evidence is important to build your workers’ compensation claim. While you don’t need to prove negligence in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you must show that your injuries occurred at work. Evidence may include witness statements, employment records, medical records, police reports, pictures or videos of the accident, and other documentation. It is important to get the contact information of any witnesses.
- Notify Your Employer
It is also important to notify your employer after an accident. In California, you only have 30 days to officially notify your employer. Failing to notify your employer, or waiting too long, may cause your claim to be denied.
If you have been injured at work, the Law Offices of Wax & Wax is here to help. Our Glendale attorneys have more than a century of combined legal experience, and are backed by a track record of success. Call us today at (818) 946-0608 to schedule a free consultation.