Mt. Juliet and Lebanon TN

Try as you might, but work-related injuries can happen to anyone, leaving you and your family short on cash to pay bills. If you get injured on the job, know that you have rights, and here’s what to do if an unfortunate accident happens to you.

What to do first

Always report any work-related accident to your employer immediately. Although this tip may seem like a no-brainer to some, often people tend to shrug off an accident that does not seem bad at first or if they do not have any physical pain that is immediate. However, by reporting the incident, you have a documented paper trail of what happened, should you need medical assistance later on. Plus, it will make dealing with the situation much easier, should the problem become a legal matter.

What if I got hurt but didn’t report it?

Failing to report a work-related accident could mean that your employer may deny you medical treatments or disability pay. Plus, workers’ compensation insurance or your health insurance company may deny claims related to the incident. The insurance companies may even have a deadline on which you can report the incident. So don’t wait, report an accident immediately.

Injuries can occur over time

Many times, people assume work-related injuries are a direct result of an immediate action such as a fall, or an accident involving a machine or equipment. But, work-related injuries can also develop from repetitive stress from the daily work grind. If your job regularly requires heavy lifting (by hand), or another repetitive motion that causes stress to your body such as carpel tunnel syndrome, herniated discs, back trouble, or shoulder injuries; you may be entitled to compensation benefits through your employer.

If you have been injured on the job or are suffering from repetitive stress related to your job, you may be entitled to compensation benefits. Contact our office at (615) 773-2889 to learn more about our services in this area.

The law office of Yancy Belcher has been serving clients in Middle Tennessee since 1999.

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