Slip and fall accidents affect thousands of workers each year. According to the CDC, around twenty percent of all non-fatal workplace injuries result from slips, trips or falls.
If you suffer from a slip and fall injury at your workplace, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you receive compensation and proper treatment. See below for the procedure for workplace slip and fall injury.
Take pictures and talk to witnesses
Your first step should be documenting the accident unless you need immediate medical attention. Take a picture of where you fell and talk to any coworkers who saw you fall. Indiana is a no-fault worker’s compensation system. However, if the insurance company believes there is insufficient evidence for your claim, they may reject it. Your accident must occur on the job and result from a workplace duty.
Go to a doctor
Even if you do not believe your injury is severe, seek medical treatment. Sometimes injuries become apparent days or even weeks after your slip and fall. Waiting for too long and seeking coverage might result in a claim denial.
Report to a supervisor
According to the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana, you have 30 days to report your injury. There is little reason to delay your report. Notify your supervisor immediately after you fall at work, even if the damage does not seem severe. You may need coverage and not realize it until later.
If you report your injury and document the accident, your worker’s compensation insurance should help cover medical expenses and lost workdays. Do not leave your health and finances up to the good faith of your employer.