What to do if you suffer a Injury at Work in Toledo
Employers in Toledo are under the legal obligation to provide a reasonably safe and healthy work environment for their employees; but even so, sometimes, they don’t fulfill this duty.
If you happen to sustain an injury at your workplace due to your employer’s negligence, there are a few things that you can do to protect your legal rights. In this case, an injury may include everything from occupational illness, aggravations of pre-existing conditions, fractured bones and even emotional injuries.
Here is what to do if you suffer a personal injury at work:
Report the accident
The first and perhaps the most crucial thing that you should do following an accident is to report it. Failing to report your injury can result in your employer denying you medical benefits and treatment for missed time from work. They may even claim that injuries did not happen at work. The workers’ compensation insurance will also question why they didn’t get any timely reports from your employer. And sadly, your private health insurance won’t cover you for work-related injuries.
See a doctor
Your health comes first, so of course, you want to see a doctor for your injury to be addressed. You can go to a doctor of your choosing, or work with one that your employer chooses. It all depends on what you are comfortable with.
Your legal rights in Toledo include:
- The right to file a claim for your illness or injury in state industrial court or workers’ comp court
- The right to see a doctor and pursue medical care
- The right to go back to work, with your physician’s permission
- The right to some form of disability compensation if you happen to sustain temporary or permanent illness or injury due to the accident
- The right to appeal and seek legal representation if you do not agree with your employer’s, their insurance company’s or workers’ compensations decision,