Getting hurt at work can be frustrating. If you have sustained a job site injury, you may be wondering about workplace compensation. Here is some information about what you should do if you want to be eligible to file a claim for compensation.
Telling Employer About Job Site Injury
The law requires that there be immediate notice to the employer. If the employer does not know that you have been hurt on the job, there can be controversy later regarding whether you were in fact hurt on the job. The insurance company that represents that employer at the workers’ compensation board will then allege that the injury did not happen at work, attempting to discredit and lay the blame on the employee.
If you are injured at work, you need to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Sometimes injuries are obvious; for example, if you fall into some sort of an excavation site, you will likely have a witness to your injury. In the event that you are injured at work and someone else did not hear or see the incident, especially if the injury relates to your back or your shoulder, you need to notify a colleague and your employer if you trip and fall and tear up your knee or tear up your ankle.
In many of the cases we have overseen, our clients have been unaware of their responsibility to let their employer know. Every employer should possess workers’ compensation board forms, which you must ask your doctor to complete. Most of the doctors in New York know exactly how to fill out workers’ compensation forms.
If you have sustained a job site injury, please contact our experienced Buffalo personal injury attorneys Chiacchia and Fleming. We have been serving the people of Western New York for decades and have handled many job site injury cases. Contact us today for a free confidential case evaluation.