When a person is injured at work, they should know just what to do. However, this is often not the case. People make mistakes that end up affecting their ability to file for workers’ compensation or to file a personal injury case against the at-fault party. Keep reading to learn what steps you should take if you are injured at work and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation with an Orange County attorney.
Get Medical Care Right Away
There is nothing more important than getting medical care. This might seem obvious, but one of the biggest mistakes a person can make is not to get immediate medical care after a work injury. If they end up going home and realizing later that the accident caused an injury, there could be an argument made that the injury did not occur at work at all, but rather it occurred after they left work.
Likewise, if you have to file a personal injury claim, the insurance company could argue that you were not as injured as you claim, or you would have gotten immediate medical care. They might argue that the injury would not have been serious if you had gotten immediate medical care. Any way you look at it, it is smart to get medical care right away.
Your Employer is Required by Law to Cover Your Injuries
The second thing to know is that California law requires that any employer has workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees. If they do not have it, then they are in violation of state law. This could result in a lawsuit against your employer directly or other legal steps. Do not assume that if your employer says they do not have coverage that they are off the hook.
Contact an Attorney
Once you have gotten medical care and informed your employer about your injury, it is time to contact an attorney. You do need to report the basics of the injury to your employer, but other than that, keep the details to yourself. Before allowing for a recorded statement to be made, and before filling out or signing forms, talk to an attorney to make sure that your rights and interests are being protected.
You can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. Call today, and we can determine the best way to proceed with your case.