No industry is completely safe from injuries, but with the right precautions, you should be relatively safe on the job. However, if something like a puddle or open electrical circuit is overlooked, these kinds of minor issues could become possible threats to your safety. In most workplaces, there are strategies in place to prevent injuries, but negligent coworkers, third parties, or damaged or defective equipment could still cause injuries to you and others while you’re at work.
Once you suffer a workplace injury, you need to think about your needs financially as well as physically. If you’ll be off the job for an extended period of time, you need to look into options like disability payments and workers’ compensation payments to cover your medical bills. In the case that your injury was caused by a third party or defective item, it may also be possible to seek compensation from those parties, since they were also involved.
You shouldn’t be worried about filing a claim to get the money you need. Your employer is not legally allowed to terminate you or to demote you based on the fact that you filed a claim. If your employer does so, then he could be accused of retaliation, which is against the law.
Our website has more information about what to do following an injury at your workplace. Whether you’ve been injured and are recovering in a hospital with temporary injuries or you’re struggling to deal with long-term disabilities, the right information can help you decide on the steps to take next. With this information, you can decide if you need to file a claim and if you’ve been treated fairly.