Personal injuries can come in many forms, but something they share is the detrimental impact they can have on the afflicted’s life. Legal entities all over the world have their own understanding of what constitutes “life-changing injury” but, for the average joe, any measure of pain and suffering that disrupts your daily life and your ability to provide for yourself or your family can take a huge toll on your physical and mental wellbeing.
That’s why personal injuries that occur at your place of work, or under your employer’s supervision, can feel even more intrusive to your life. Not only are you trying to find normality in your life and recover from painful or traumatic injuries, but you’re also worried about your ability to earn money and how to proceed if you feel it was your employer’s negligence that has led to your situation.
While the hope is none of us ever have to deal with these sorts of unfortunate ordeals, they can happen – and it’s your responsibility to know how to react to them in both the long and short term.
First Things First
Simply put, after any sort of serious injury, you should immediately seek medical attention. In the eyes of even legal professionals, your main priority should be to recover from an accident. However, there’s also a legal aspect to it. Scoping the extent of your injury and understanding treatment with your doctor all ends up on medical records – all of which are highly relevant and usable during the arbitration phase of personal injury claims.
The Best Policy
Employers in North America are expected to follow a rigorous set of regulations and guidelines to safeguard their workers. Simply put, any sort of accident, whether it’s the employer’s fault or not, needs to be accurately recorded and acknowledged by the company. In addition, you may choose to avoid contacting them directly if you believe they are at fault. It’s best to communicate cordially and professionally via your legal representative, friends, or family if you feel informing your employer of your intentions could lead to further conflict. Certainly, personal injury claims ideally aren’t combative affairs – this is another reason to seek representation – but it’s understandable that emotions can be high on both sides, which can be unhelpful while someone recovers from injury.
Witnesses and documented evidence are hugely beneficial to a strong personal injury claim – even something as simple as a photograph of the scene. Employers in your chosen industry typically will not be forthcoming with evidence, so it’s your responsibility to work with your lawyer and the authorities to identify potential witnesses to your accident who can help verify if anyone was at fault. Courts are less convinced by emotive stories. They need hard evidence and solid witnesses to build a clear picture and secure fair compensation for claimants.
It might not feel obvious, but other things one can do will really help convey the extent of their pain and suffering to a courtroom. Courts measure compensation by quantifying the injuries received, including those we can’t see physically. Any physical or mental symptoms experienced after an accident are relevant to help construct a balanced and reasonable compensatory package that reflects the severity of the incident.
In short, it’s vital to trust and rely on your lawyer throughout a personal injury. Claims can last anywhere from 6 to 8 months, and potentially longer, if the negotiations aren’t straightforward. As we’ve said before, your focus has to be on recovery. It’s your lawyer’s mission to give you that separation from the noise of legal proceedings and potential tension with your employers and secure your reasonable compensation quickly. The sooner they can, the sooner you can begin moving on with your life.