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Have You Injured Yourself at Work? Here’s What to Do Now

Shutterstock - 137604548 An injury in the workplace can be the start of a long and difficult process. You may face days, weeks or possibly months of treatment and rehabilitation.

Your actions in the immediate aftermath of the accident could make the difference between an easy or hard road to recovery. There are a number of things you can do to minimise the physical, emotional and financial harm that can result from a workplace injury; here are a few things you should do if you are unfortunate and injure yourself at work.

Don’t Hesitate To Report Your Accident And Include Details

If you have been injured at work, report it to your supervisor or boss immediately; don’t wait until after you see a doctor or to see if you improve. Even if an injury seems minor, you never know if it might develop into something more serious down the track. Not reporting an accident at the time it occurs can lead to complications when it comes to proving your claim or defending yourself from accusations that the accident might not have happened as you suggested.

Keep a detailed record of everything that happened during and after the accident. Include details of the injury, how it occurred, and who, if anybody, witnessed the incident. Document any ongoing pain and medical treatment you receive as well.

If Necessary, Make a Claim

If your injury is serious enough and you feel your employer hasn’t provided adequate support or compensation, it may be worth pursuing a claim. You could be entitled to receive a percentage of your wages while you’re unable to work. However, compensation law is a complex area, so the best path is often to seek legal advice from a law firm that specialises in such cases, such as Turner Freeman Lawyers . Experts will be able to explain all the options available to you and help you ensure that financial woes are minimised.

Put Your Health First

Being unable to work can be frustrating, especially when financial considerations affect you and your family. Despite this desire to get back to work quickly, it’s crucial  you don’t push yourself during your time off or attempt to return to work before you are safely able to. Doing so could result in a relapse or further complications to your injury, leading to even more downtime. If you think you’re ready, see a doctor or other healthcare specialist to declare you either fit or unfit for work.

The Return To Work

When you have been given the green light to return to work, speak to your employer about your recovery and the extent to which you are able to complete your former duties. Your employer should understand you may not be able to perform to your full ability immediately upon your return to work. It is their responsibility to take steps to prevent you from sustaining further injuries and to make sure you are successfully reintegrated into the workplace – safely.

A workplace accident and its aftermath can be very stressful, causing physical pain, mental strain and financial hardship. Following the above advice can help you to minimise the problems you may face and help you return to your job sooner.

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The Facts About Workplace Injuries

If you work on a construction site, with dangerous materials, or regularly have to do heavy lifting as part of your job you’re probably very aware of the inherent dangers in the workplace and take measures to try to avoid accidents.

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But it’s a worrying truth that accidents could happen in every single workplace in Australia – even if you’re sat at a desk for most of the day.

For anyone who has had an accident at work, sustained a psychological injury from his or her workplace environment or been involved in a motor accident during working hours, you’ll know the importance of getting the right legal advice early.

Having to take time off because of a workplace injury can have a devastating effect on families, both financially and mentally.

It isn’t uncommon for injuries sustained in the workplace to affect someone for the rest of their life, and some people can never return to their normal duties again. Specialist companies are experts at making sure you’re given the right advice.

Employers Responsibility

The Industrial Relations Act (QLD) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (NSW & VIC) lets employers know what they should be doing to maintain a safe working environment for its employees.  This includes:

  • Providing a safe working environment for its employees, which includes facilities and work systems
  • Making sure that employees have had sufficient training to be able to safely handle job related equipment and substances
  • Providing the correct training, supervision, instruction and information to its employees

Employers always have workers compensation insurance

It is mandatory for all employers to take out Workers Compensation insurance to cover their staff.  It is the employee’s responsibility to notify their employer at the time of having an accident, and is also important to seek medical advice as soon as possible to have the injury investigated and formally documented.

Workplace injuries can be life changing so it is vital to discuss what options are available to you when in this position. Workplace dangers can often be avoided but in most circumstances not all risks are obvious and can be overlooked.

Types of Compensation Claims

There are three main types of compensation claims:

  • Workplace physical claims – these can be anything from stains, industrial accidents, heavy lifting injuries, and fatalities
  • Permanent Impairments – Usually assessed by WorkCover who will request an independent doctor to provide assessment
  • Common Law Claims – The most important part of the claims process if severely injured, which is why it is so important to discuss your legal rights and options with specialist personal injury lawyers before signing anything

What workplace injury law doesn’t cover

If a worker is injured because they failed to correctly carry out instructions on how to perform a duty or task correctly, it is very unlikely they’ll be able to claim compensation.  However, each case will be judged on its own merits.

Stress related injury as a result of demotion or disciplinary action taken by the employer isn’t generally covered.  The same applies for self-inflicted injuries.

Claiming for compensation

As a general rule, if you’ve been injured at work then you will be able to claim for compensation.  However, any amount awarded will vary from state to state and it’s very difficult for the average person to establish their legal rights.  Speaking to a legal professional can make a huge difference to an injury claim.

Experienced freelance writer, Lara Anderson, wrote this article. Lara specializes in providing personal injury advice to business owners and employees. 

 

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