If you were unfortunate enough to suffer loss and damage through injuries from a slip and fall at work, there might be good news for you. Most employers’ Worker’s Compensation insurance should cover a slip and fall incident at work.
No matter where you work or where your job is located, you could be seriously injured by a workplace fall.
After experiencing an on-the-job injury, knowing what to do might help you maximise your workers’ compensation benefits. It could also preserve your legal rights to compensation from other potential sources.
Read on to learn more about what to do after a slip or fall at work.
- Seek Medical Treatment
We recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible. If you don’t require an ambulance, at least make an appointment with your GP or visit an urgent care centre so you have a record of your injuries. The sooner you seek treatment, the better. It’s best to seek medical treatment the same day as the slip and fall. Let your medical providers know that the incident occurred at work and tell them exactly when, where, and how you were injured.
To protect your right to compensation, you must have medical records that link your injuries to the workplace slip and fall. Don’t wait to see how you feel over the weekend; seek immediate attention.
- Notify Your Employer
After seeking prompt medical attention, you must notify your employer of the accident. Include details about what caused the fall and where it happened. Ensure you:
- Describe any body parts that were twisted or impacted
- Let them know if you hit your head, felt pain or dizziness
- Inform them of any other details that indicate potential injuries from the fall.
You may not realise that your right to injury compensation could depend on reporting the accident to your employer quickly and thoroughly.
If you have visible injuries, they are easy to identify and record; however, some workers can experience serious injuries that aren’t visible, with symptoms that can develop hours or even days later. Therefore, seeking immediate medical attention is essential, so you have a record of the incident.
Many workers suffer soft tissue injuries from slips, trips, or falls at work, including bruises, sprains, and strains to muscles, tendons, or joints, which can develop over time. Don’t wait. Report your injury as soon as possible.
- File Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
After seeking medical attention and notifying your employer of the accident and your injury, you should complete the forms and instructions for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This formal claim goes above and beyond simply telling your employer about the injury and is essential for claiming compensation.
You are entitled to Workers’ Compensation
If you experience an injury in a workplace accident, you have a right to receive benefits from workers’ compensation. These benefits typically include:
- Payment of medical and therapy bills
- Out-of-pocket expenses (for medications, crutches, etc.)
- Weekly wages for lost income (where unfit for work).
The Team at Soul Legal
If you have tripped and fallen and work and have made a workers compensation claim, our experienced worker’s compensation lawyers in Perth, Baldivis, and Osborne Park, WA, will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Soul Legal offers a free no-obligation claim assessment, along with a no-win-no-fee service if we consider your claim worth pursuing.
Our dedicated and empathetic lawyers have extensive experience with Worker’s Compensation claims in WA and will help you through every step of the claims process.
Director / Partner Soul Legal