Even if you may have been at fault for an accident that occurred at work, you are still entitled to compensation for your injuries, under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. If you were injured at work, but are hesitant to call because you are at fault, don’t wait any longer- you are still owed benefits and compensation. Below are the essential steps that should be taken after a workplace accident.
Seek Medical Assistance
After a workplace accident, there is a high likelihood that injuries have resulted. Good health should be your top priority, so the first step should include looking for a qualified medical assistant to offer first aid. After a proper check-up, employees may need further diagnosis and medical documentation for their injuries.
Report the Accident
After your health is in order, you must report the accident to your employer and, possibly, other entities. This must be done as soon as possible. This step is crucial because the employer will be able to contact its insurance company regarding your claim. After the insurance companies are notified, agents will be sent to the area for further inspection and documentation.
Follow Your Doctor
Injuries require adequate healthcare to recover. Therefore, you should ensure that you follow your doctor’s instructions to enhance quick healing and to avoid further complication.
Ensure Proper Paperwork
Workers should be compensated for work injuries they endure. Recordings of everything that happened and documentation of the extent of injuries are essential steps to take after a workplace accident. Furthermore, it is advisable to record the number of days you miss from work.
Look for a Workplace Attorney
Some employers may fail to consider the needs of their workers after an accident. Therefore, the next step should be to look for a qualified workplace attorney who will ensure that you receive your benefits and proper compensation.
Contacting a personal injury attorney right away is the best way to ensure that you receive the benefits and compensation you deserve. The Law Office of Paul J. Fina has years of experience helping Illinois workers recover from injuries by making sure they receive necessary medical care and the compensation they deserve. For a free, no obligation consultation, contact us today.