Work is something that everyone has to do. It's just a part of life - some people have office jobs, some people have odd jobs, some people have technical jobs, and everything else in between. A significant number of people, however, have jobs that require at least some sort of manual labor.
Jobs that require physical labor are extremely rewarding, but they run the risk of injury more than any other industry. It's important to know, especially if you're working in an industrial-style factory, that you should do everything in your power to ensure that you and everyone around you are safe while work is going on, and that you get all the help you need in the event of an injury.
Accidents do happen, though, and no matter how much you and your employer do to prevent workplace accidents and injuries, it's impossible to completely prevent them. That's why you should know exactly what to do if you've been in a workplace accident and suffered an injury.
Here are a two of the more common mistakes that workers make after a workplace accident that end up harming their chances of restitution.
Taking Too Long to Report the Accident or Injury
Workplace accidents, especially those that cause serious injuries, are frustrating situations to be in. Both you and your employer are often embarrassed about what happened, especially if the accident could have been prevented. Slip and fall accidents are extremely common in the workplace and are usually relatively easy to prevent. Roughly 22% of slip and fall accidents end up resulting in more than 31 days away from work, which is a problem. If you wait too long to report your injury, though, you might not be able to get any days off or earn any financial restitutions you might deserve, and you may run the risk of furthering your injury.
Not Contacting a Business Lawyer
Even if you report your injury right away and seek proper medical attention, if you attempt to handle your situation on your own, you could be in trouble. Workplace injuries are a serious matter and can actually lead to court if negligence is involved on your employer's end. You aren't going to be able to get the justice you deserve if you don't consult with a professional lawyer.
Be careful at work, but do everything you can to get the justice you deserve if you were injured in a workplace accident. If you're in need of Harrisonburg lawyers, contact John Elledge and Assoc PC today.