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Workplace accidents: Things your employer should do

Most people don't ever imagine getting injured on the job. But, workplace accidents can occur unexpectedly and leave you feeling lost and confused. It's never a bad idea to seek clarification on state laws and to learn as much as you can about workers' compensation, as well as your particular employer's accident plan, in case you suffer an injury on the job.

Some jobs are undoubtedly more dangerous than others, but that doesn't mean you're immune to a workplace accident. Even if you work at a desk all day, there's still a risk of injury. You could slip and fall on a wet floor that was not marked on your way to the restroom. A heavy object could fall on top of you, or you could develop a repetitive stress injury, especially if you spend hours typing or work on an assembly line. There are several things your employer should do to help you stay safe and to respond if you're involved in a workplace accident.

A company plan should be in place

If your employer hired you but never provided training or informed you of the company's plan of response for workplace accidents, that could be a problem. Your employer should provide a response plan that all workers and supervisors can follow. 

It's helpful to not only have an accident response plan, but to provide training for all employees and managers so they are familiar with the plan and confident in activating it as needed. If you suffer an injury on the job and don't even know how to report the incident, what good is the company plan?

Paperwork and medical attention

Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it's always best to seek immediate medical attention after a workplace accident. Your employer should have all proper paperwork available, including forms you can give the attending physician that he or she can sign to restrict your workplace duties or to give permission to return to work.

It's important to create written documentation after a workplace accident, especially if you suffer moderate to severe injuries. If you file a claim for benefits, and obstacles arise, medical records and workplace documentation may be key factors in processing your claim.

Reporting an injury

You should, of course, report your injury to your employer as soon as possible after a workplace accident. Your employer should then report to all appropriate parties, including managers and insurance carriers. Failure to promptly report your injury may cause substantial delay or impediments to your recovery.

You should have a strong support network

If you're involved in a Florida workplace accident that results in injury, your employer should not disregard your report. You may have the right to collect benefits, and your employer's response to your case can assist or prevent you from getting the support you need.

It's not uncommon for an insurance carrier to deny an initial claim, which is why many injured workers seek legal support to help them file appeals. A strong support network can advocate on your behalf so you can focus on recovery or rehabilitation as needed.

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