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Injured on the Job: What Are Your Employer’s Responsibilities?

In just about every industry, there are plenty of dangers. Workplace injuries happen all the time and can range from minor accidents to severe life-changing incidents.

Though you have plenty of things you need to do after you’ve been hurt on the job, especially getting in contact with a skilled workplace injury lawyer, your employer has even more essential steps they need to take in order to address the situation and move on without any issues.

Here are some of your employer’s responsibilities after you’ve been hurt on the job:

  • Plan for medical attention — Your company’s HR department should establish a well-communicated protocol for handling various employee illnesses and injuries. First, they will have to determine who is responsible for transporting an injured worker to a health care provider and who to notify when various injuries occur.
  • Investigate the accident — All employees are entitled to recover benefits if they are hurt or suffer an illness in the context of their employment. An internal investigation should be conducted to determine where to go from there.
  • Communicate with personal injury lawyers — Your workplace injury lawyer will likely be conducting their own investigation but it’s important for the employer to be honest and direct with your lawyer. Similarly, you need to inform your lawyer about every detail of the incident.

Additionally, it’s important to be aware of some of the more common workplace incidents:

  1. Slips, trips, and falls — Roughly 22% of all slip, trip, and fall incidents result in more than 31 days away from work.
  2. Struck by moving machinery — Being struck by heavy machinery can be fatal, but getting a body part caught by these machines can be just as deadly.
  3. Overexertion and repetitive stress injuries — Complaints of back pain alone cost employers an estimated $7.4 billion annually and lead to 100 million lost workdays each year.
  4. Fire and explosions — Explosions and fires account for 3% of all workplace injuries and have the highest casualty rate of all probable workplace accidents.
  5. Vehicle-related accidents — Vehicle-related accidents are the most common cause of fatal injuries across the agriculture industry.

If you have recently been injured on the job and want to speak with an experienced workplace injury lawyer, give Hayhurst Law a call today.