What You Should Do After Your Workplace Injury

The time after you’ve suffered a workplace injury can be stressful and confusing. Don’t let fear and stress govern the amount of compensation you receive. Follow these simple steps, from getting help directly after securing your pre settlement funding as you move into the courtroom, to insuring you get the maximum amount of help owed to you

Notify Your Supervisor

Even if it seems that your injury is minor, make sure you notify co-workers and your supervisor immediately. By reporting what happened you will create a record, and if there are medical bills down the road, taking the correct steps early on could save you a lot of time and money.

Retain a copy of the incident report for your own records.

 Seek Medical Attention

The same as notifying your supervisor, even if you feel your injury is minor you still need proper documentation early on. Also, even though some injuries seem minor, a person may be walking and talking but inside things are slowly going wrong: Always seek medical attention for any injury.

Keep all medical bills in their own folder for easy reference

Find an Experienced Lawyer

If you were involved in a workplace accident it’s always best to consult a lawyer, even if your employer approves your claim. Retaining your own council could help you qualify for additional compensation such as

    • lost wages
    • mileage to medical appointments
    • re-training
    • rehabilitation
    • pain and suffering
    • long-term disability insurance

Keep a copy of the retainer agreement with the rest of your records

Secure Pre Settlement Funding

Also called lawsuit funding or a lawsuit loan, pre settlement funding provides you with the money you’ll earn from the settlement in the future now. This way you can:

    • hire the most experienced lawyer possible
    • pay medical bills, including ongoing rehabilitation or other costs
    • continue to meet your other financial obligations

These loan companies work by having a legal team assess the strength of your claim, determining the probability of your winning at trial and then loaning you the money you need to hire a great lawyer to make it happen. They get paid at the end from the actual settlement amount .To get started they’ll need the documents you’ve gathered in your earlier steps.

    • the incident report (step 1)
    • summary of your medical bills (step 2)
    • your attorney-client agreement (step 3)

Remember, just because you work for a big company with deep pockets and endless lawyers doesn’t mean you have to settle for less than you deserve. Follow these steps and you’ll help your case in getting the compensation you deserve.

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Nick Walz is an active blogger and writer who likes to share his advice and tips to the online community. Nick is always someone to turn to when advice is needed, which is what led him to write this post. You can contact him on Twitter @Nick_Walz.

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