Regardless of your industry or profession, you should understand the dangers of a fall. There are many reasons for this type of accident, such as stepping on a piece of debris or slipping when working on a roof.
If you are part of a workplace fall accident, it's imperative that you know which steps to take. Here are five things you should absolutely do:
- Call 911 to ensure that an ambulance arrives as quickly as possible
- Treat any injuries to the best of your ability, while staying where you are
- Ask others to provide assistance, such as someone who can help you elevate your legs
- Remove yourself from danger, to avoid a situation in which you suffer a follow up injury
- Seek medical treatment at a local emergency room (even if you don't feel that your injuries require professional help)
There is no way of knowing what will happen in the event of a workplace fall. In some cases, you may be able to stand back up, dust yourself off and go on with your day. Conversely, there are times when a fall leads to serious injury or even death, so you don't want to be so quick to move on with your day.
Once you receive medical treatment and have a clear idea of your injuries, take the time to learn more about your long-term prognosis. Your health care team can provide advice on the type of treatment schedule you should follow in the future.
If you are unable to return to work right away, you may need to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Upon approval, you can receive money until you are able to return to your job.
If, for any reason, you receive a denial letter, learn more about the appeals process. You may be able to provide more information with the idea of having the denial overturned in the near future. This can add stress to your life, but it's something you need to do to protect your legal rights as an injured worker.