Construction site accidents are prevalent, leaving hundreds of workers with severe or fatal injuries every year. When a workplace accident occurs, even if the accident doesn’t initially seem harsh, reporting the details of the accident is critically important. If you’ve been injured on the site, be sure to report the accident to your employer, file the written accident report with your self-insured employer or the Department of Labor & Industries. The Walthew Law Firm can help you with this. In this blog, you will read the benefits of reporting workplace accidents
Prompt reporting protects your right to compensation.
Having proof that an on-the-job accident occurred is critical. You must file a workers’ compensation claim for your injuries, whether or not there is a third-party liability claim. The report of the accident provides details about how the accident happened, where it happened, lists the names of witnesses, etc. It can serve as solid evidence if you ever need to file a case in court.
Create a reference for the future.
When you provide specific details of a workplace accident as soon as it happens, you create a resource that you can reference in the future. Include details such as when and where the accident occurred, who witnessed it, and a list of all body parts you injured. These details can assist you and others when filling out claim documents, obtaining treatment, and getting medical conditions accepted under the claim.
Obtain full benefits.
Time loss compensation is based on date-of-injury wages, marital status, number of children, number of jobs, etc. Accurately reporting this information on your injury report is paramount to receiving full benefits under your workers’ comp claim. Else you might get partial compensation, and you might have to bear the cost of the remaining expenses.
The accident report will likely be used if your injuries occurred because of the negligence of another person or failure of a machine or machine part. Your accurate reporting of the time, location, and witnesses to an accident is imperative in any third-party action.
Even if your injury is insignificant, make sure that you report the accident because what might seem minor damage can turn into something serious. Reporting an accident is like proof that you got injured, but if you don’t register, you lose the chance to get compensation in the future.