Workplace Injuries Caused by a Fellow EmployeeJanuary 19, 2018
Workplace injuries can happen anytime, often when you least expect it. People who work in warehouses, factories, or in the construction industry must be particularly vigilant about following safety protocols due to the hazards that come with the job. However, workplace injuries can also be caused by another employee. If you have been injured at work, whether the injury was caused by an accident or a co-worker, you will be covered by your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance, provided that the injury occurred while you were officially on the job.
What To Do If Injured By a Co-Worker
As with any workplace injury, there are several steps you should take if your injury was caused by another employee. Even if your injury was completely accidental, the incident will be considered a workplace injury if it occurred during the course of your employment. Keep the following tips in mind if you suffer an injury that was caused by a co-worker:
- Notify Your Employer. It is very important that you make your employer aware of your injury as soon as possible. Provide as many details about the injury as possible, including where it took place, how it happened, and the seriousness of your injuries. Your employer will ensure that you receive the medical attention you need and that the same accident does not happen to other employees.
- Document Your Injuries. Document as much information about your injury as possible while it is still fresh in your mind. Include the location and intensity of your pain, how it affects your ability to work, as well as any medications and/or treatments you require because of the injury. This will be helpful if you are asked to testify about the injury later. The more time that goes by, the more likely you are to forget important details, which could have a negative impact on your claim. If your human resources representative interviewed witnesses and anyone else involved in the accident, be sure to request a copy of this for any future settlement negotiations.
- Complete a Work Injury Accident Report. Request a claim form from your employer. If he or she does not have the forms available, you may obtain one from the Workers’ Compensation board. In most cases, you will be required to provide the following information on the accident form:
– Details about the injury, including the specific body parts affected
– The cause of the accident
– The individuals involved
– Date, time, and location of the accident
– Surgeries, physical therapy, medication, and any other treatments you have undergone
Once you have completed this form, make a copy for your records and give the original to your employer. Make sure that you submit the form within the required timeframe of 30 days, or your Workers’ Compensation claim may be denied.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Injured Workers
If you have been injured at work and your claim for Workers’ Compensation has been denied, contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will help you navigate the complex claims process, ensuring that you provide the necessary information and that it is submitted prior to the deadline. Our committed team will seek the maximum benefits that you are entitled to, protecting your rights every step of the way. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.