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Workers may have accidents at work. If you are injured at work, you must immediately ask your employer to compensate you for medical expenses and lost work expenses. You can directly contact the employer’s work injury insurance company, but you could also contact a Richmond personal injury lawyer for help.

The purpose of the law is to simplify the procedures for employees to claim compensation. Similarly, employers do not have to worry that employees can sue them for work-related injuries.

What’s an Accident at Work?

An injury that occurs in your workplace while you are performing your tasks is generally considered a workplace accident. You can then be compensated for related expenses and losses.

A work-related accident for both white-collar and blue-collar workers must meet several criteria to be recognized by law, namely:

  • Being sudden and unpredictable (“accidental”)
  • Occurring while you are performing your duties or while you are under the authority of your employer
  • Causing injury or illness 

The injury or illness can be physical or psychological. For example, you may suffer from post-traumatic stress after an armed robbery at your workplace.

An injury or illness caused by serious recklessness on your part cannot be recognized as an accident at work. Talk to a lawyer for more information.

What to Do in the Event of an Accident at Work

You must inform your immediate supervisor or another representative of the employer as soon as possible after the accident. Your employer must provide you with first aid and have you transported, at their expense, to your home, hospital, or doctor of your choice, depending on your condition. 

If you’ve missed work because of your injury and your employer tried not to pay you, contact a lost wages attorney for help getting your money.

Contact an Attorney as Your Legal Representative

If you feel that you have been treated unfairly by your employer or the employer’s insurance company, a personal injury lawyer will fight for your interests and ensure that you understand all your rights and get the benefits you deserve. In most cases, being represented by a lawyer will bring the best results and the highest settlement compensation.

Workers’ compensation claims can be very complicated. A work injury lawyer from The Estes Law Firm can help you navigate the system, pay attention to deadlines, handle disputes, recommend additional resources, and act on your demands. Call us at 281-238-5400 if your claim was rejected or your interests are disputed, and we will help improve your claim.