Despite the technological advancements and legal changes that have made the workplace safer, a large number of workers still suffer from workplace related accidents without the right compensation. The reason? They do not know their rights.
In this contentious issue, what exactly are your rights? What are you supposed to do when you get hurt at work?
Report or Have Someone Report
Letting the authorities know as soon as possible gives them room to make necessary arrangements. Most companies have an insurance plan to cover injuries resulting from accidents at work. Moreover, no one will penalise you for absconding duty, and you will compensated fully.
Keep Your Cool and Your Health
Going to a hospital and treating the injury is the main priority. Your health comes first. It does not matter if you might lose some wages or have to pay the bill before you get your compensation. Getting your body back to its fit condition should be on top of your list.
Know Your Rights
Different countries have different injury or sick leave payment rules. Even though the rules are clear, statistics show that still a considerable number of employees never get this pay and subsequent compensations in full. Knowing what to expect will tell you when to press charges or be content with whatever you get.
Consider Legal Action
Many employees detest this option. It will pit you against your employer and might cost you your job. But, if your accident was due to employer’s negligence and you can get a considerable amount off the lawsuit, you should consider getting a lawyer.
Regardless of whether you will go to court or not, getting a lawyer will help you settle the issue faster and more professionally. Most of the lawyers take contingency fees, so you don’t have to prepare a huge amount to initiate the process.