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What are the priorities after a workplace injury?

| Jul 24, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Many jobs have a lot more risks inherent than others. For example, someone is more likely to be injured on the road than in an office under most circumstances, so professional drivers may face more occupational risks than office workers. As a result, some employees may know more about what to do if they are hurt on the job. If you’re uncertain about what to do after a workplace injury, here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

  • What is the first priority after a workplace injury?

The first thing to seek is emergency help. If there has been a sudden incident that results in a trauma, a call to 911 or a trip to the hospital may be the next move. If someone has gotten ill due to work conditions, a call for a doctor’s appointment may be enough. The next thing to do is make sure the conditions that caused the problem are managed.

  • What can employers do after an injury?

New Jersey workers’ compensation law allows the employer under many circumstances to choose the health care provider for the victim of a workplace injury. They also have the responsibility to report the incident to their insurer so an injury report can be filed with the government in Trenton.

  • What if the employer and victim don’t agree?

Disputes can be managed by the Division of Workers’ Compensation. This may begin with a petition for a formal claim or a request for an informal hearing that may handle several minor complaints.

  • Who can help with these disputes?

An attorney can always help victims of workplace injuries stand up for their rights. Workers’ compensation payments are a vital part of getting back to work and workers should always make their claims for it.

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