How to Protect Your Rights by Documenting Your Work Injury
Injured workers want to trust that their employer will take care of them, and many can. Unfortunately, some employers don’t have their employees’ best interests in mind or they simply aren’t good at properly managing workers’ comp claims. It’s easy to believe that your employer will take care of you if you are injured, but it’s always important to be safe rather than sorry. To protect your rights, remember to take these important steps:
- Collect as much evidence about your injury as possible. Write down details you might soon forget such as date, time, circumstance, your employer’s response, your doctor’s report, etc. Be sure to take pictures of your injuries as well, even if you think there is a chance you won’t need them.
- Make a formal report of your injury to your supervisor. This report should be delivered both verbally and in writing.
- If there was another party or machine that caused your injury, collect evidence and write a report relating to that as well.
- Ask your attorney asses your report before you submit it. He or she can help you decide whether or not the documentation relating to your claim is helpful. Your attorney might not be involved right when your injury occurs, but taking these additional steps could be extremely important to your case down the road.
The Oxner + Permar team of 25 dedicated, knowledgeable attorneys have won more than $275m in workers’ comp awards and settlements for clients. We are here to ensure that you have someone on your side every step of the way.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Service Men and Women
The Oxner + Permar team supports our troops. We take time to remember and thank our service men and women on Memorial Day—and throughout the year. We support charities that help our service men and women lead safe, healthy lives. And when our service men and women have been injured during their civilian job or they are struggling on the job with injuries sustained during their service, we are there for them. In fact, our firm has assisted a number of soldiers who are working after being discharged from service.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for work injuries and service injuries to create too many obstacles for service men and women to return to gainful employment. If you (or someone you know) is in this same position, it is important to have an attorney on your side, fighting for your rights. Oxner + Permar helps servicemen and women coordinate workers’ compensation benefits as well as social security disability. There are more options available than you may realize. With our guidance and support, you’ll find a path forward to the quality of life you’ve worked so hard for—and that is so important, especially given the sacrifices you’ve made to help others.
Oxner + Permar is a proud supporter of our troops. We have the compassion, knowledge and experience to ensure that our service men and women get the workman’s comp and social security benefits they deserve.
Keep Yourself Safe at Work
Over the last few years, the housing market in Raleigh has really been booming. With all of the new people moving to the area, we’ve seen huge growth in the amount of new construction. However, with all of the blessings of economic growth come some unavoidable problems. With an increase in construction and construction jobs, we also see an increase of job site accidents and work injuries.
From all of us at Oxner + Permar, please remember to stay safe on the job. While finishing a project may seem all-important at the time, don’t use a deadline as an excuse to cut corners when it comes to following safety regulation and using the proper safety equipment. The best way to avoid dealing with worker’s compensation is to not need it in the first place!
Of course, even when following proper procedures, accidents can happen. We’ve seen all kinds of injuries including orthopedic injuries caused by falls from ladders, roofs, and scaffolds. What you might not know is that even if you are working for a subcontractor who does not provide workman’s comp, you may still fall under the worker’s comp policy for the general contractor.
If you work in construction and find yourself injured at on the job, be sure to contact an attorney for a free 30 minute consultation. Make sure you are taking the steps to ensure that your rights are being protected.
The Importance of Respecting Your Work Restrictions
After you sustain a work injury, there are many things to consider. One of which may be, “Do I want to continue working for my employer or is it better for me to seek employment elsewhere?”
Many people choose to continue working for their employer. This is a perfectly valid option as many people are still on good terms with their employer following a work injury or don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding new employment. However, it’s important to make sure that your employer is abiding by your work restrictions.
If your injury is being worsened or continuing to cause you pain, you may not have to continue working under those circumstances. South Carolina and North Carolina law lay out exactly how this kind of situation needs to be handled, and Oxner + Permar has experience dealing with both.
In the event that your employer is not adhering to your work restrictions, it is important that you confront them about it. Be sure to bring a copy of your doctor’s note, which affirms your restrictions. It’s possible that since returning to work, your injury has been causing you pain in ways that you or your doctor did not anticipate. As soon as you notice this is the case, request a return appointment with your doctor. You can address any new or worsened symptoms and adjust your restrictions as needed.
If you have not yet returned to work, be sure to ask your employer for a description of your job requirements to confirm that your work is within your restrictions. If you have any problems with your employer or concerns about the work you are tasked with after returning from a work injury, be sure to speak with an attorney. Oxner + Permar specializes in workers’ compensation and personal injury; we have the experience to ensure that your rights are being protected.
If you’re hurt on the job, make sure that your employer is putting your health and safety first and is following the work restrictions laid out by your doctor.
Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Up to Your Hospital
Claims against big hospitals can be intimidating. As a hospital employee, you may feel like you’re David going up against Goliath. But at Oxner + Permar, we have the experience and resources to ensure that this is a fair fight. We’ve worked with nurses, hospital support, CNAS, respiratory therapists, ultrasound technicians, and many other medical professionals. We know how to work within the medical field to get the benefits that injured workers deserve.
In our experience, medical professionals are great at helping others in need, but often don’t recognize when they themselves need help. On top of that, medical professionals are faced with the challenge of having to seek treatment outside of the hospital or medical facility where they work. We understand that it is critical to keep your medical condition and treatment confidential.
As attorneys with extensive experience dealing with worker’s comp cases in the medical field, we are huge advocates of medical professionals. We’re passionate about making sure that those who care for others are taken care of themselves. With $275 million in awards and settlements, the team at Oxner + Permar has the experience to make sure that you’re getting the care you deserve.
Don’t be intimidated by your hospital, if you’ve been injured in the medical field. Be sure you are protecting your rights and that someone is on your side, fighting for you.