People are injured at work all the time. They are many individuals who wonder if they can file a workers comp lawsuit and get compensation for their injury. Workers comp can be tricky if you don't know what you are doing, which is why it is best that you talk to the right people after the injury, including an attorney to help you know what steps to take. Here are some reasons why you should be prepared.
1. If You Don't Go Through The Right Channels It Could Be Denied
It is very important that you know what channels to go through after the accident so that you don't get denied your compensation. Too many people make the mistake of trying to do it all on their own, and because of that they go about the process wrong and forfeit their chance to file a claim. For example, you have to report the injury to the right people. You cannot just tell the person next to you and you were hurt, you need to talk to your direct supervisor, the HR department, and of course witnesses are helpful. You need to see medical professionals that are contracted within your companies insurance. They will only pay for a claim if you went to someone that is contracted with them. You need to be able to prove that the injury happened at work, and so forth. If you cannot do these things, or if you fail to do the right things, you could be in trouble.
2. If You Weren't Following Safety Protocol You Could Be Denied
Another common reason that people are denied workers comp is that they weren't following the company's safety protocol when the accident happened. If there was specific training about not doing something, and signs up warning you of the danger, but still you did and were injured, there is a good chance you won't be compensated. This also relates to the chance that you were drinking or high on the job. If it is determined that during that time you weren't fit to work and you endangered yourself and everyone around you by trying to work while under the influence, you will not receive compensation and could even be fired. This is why it is important to always follow the protocol of you companies work policies.
By knowing these things you can protect yourself if you are injured at work and want to file for workers comp. For more information, contact a firm such as Galanti Law Office.