Falls are a common type of work accident that lead to injury. Whether you trip and fall or fall from a ladder or other height, your injury can be significant and can leave you out of work for a long time.
How to Protect Yourself When Your Injury Leaves You Unable to Work
As you try to manage your pain and physical needs, the financial impact of being out of work can also cause you significant stress. Accordingly, it is important to:
- Report your accident to your employer on time. If you fail to make the report in a timely manner, your workers’ compensation claim may be denied.
- Get the immediate and ongoing medical care you need. You may require immediate transport to the hospital and ongoing medical care with both your primary care doctor and specialists related to your specific injury. Make sure you get all the medical care you need from doctors whom you trust and make sure you follow your doctors’ orders.
- Know what the insurance company’s goals are in negotiating with you. The insurance company wants you to get back to work as soon as possible so that it can settle your claim for as little as possible. Do not trust the insurance adjusters or representatives to look out for your best interest. Instead, rely on your own team of specialists, which may include doctors and an attorney.
- Know what your rights are after a workplace injury. You have the right to receive medical care and compensation if you’ve been hurt in Georgia or South Carolina.
The week of September 23, 2015, is Fall Prevention Awareness Week. While not all falls at work can be prevented, we urge you to share this blog post with your coworkers, friends, and family so they will know what to do if they are injured in a fall accident at their workplaces.