Accidents in the workplace could happen in any industry at any time. Even when employers and workers take precautions to lessen the likelihood of injury-causing incidents, they still happen. As a result, workers’ compensation may be needed for some individuals in California.
If an accident does take place on the job, employers have a responsibility to handle the situation effectively. First, medical personnel should be called to address any injuries that occurred during the event. Serious injuries should be addressed by emergency services, and even if injuries do not appear serious at first, workers should receive medical attention from a professional to assess the severity of any harm. A report about the incident should also go on file, and injured workers should be provided with workers’ compensation claims forms.
It is also wise for the employer to gather as much information about the incident as possible, including statements from witnesses and pictures. The employer should also cooperate during the process of providing workers’ comp to any qualifying injured workers. That may mean that the employer needs to contact his or her workers’ compensation insurance company and provide any necessary documentation regarding the event.
It can certainly be scary and frustrating to suffer injuries while at work. It can be even more trying when an employer does not cooperate with the workers’ compensation process. If California workers find themselves injured on the job, they may want to help themselves obtain the compensation they deserve by enlisting the help of attorneys experienced in this area of law who can help with paperwork and address any push back from employers.