An employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace for his or her employees and should be properly prepared should a work injury or accident occur. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio, LLC understand how traumatic a workplace accident can be and have successfully helped thousands of clients get just compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
How To Determine If Your Employer Is Prepared
Ideally, your employer should have written procedures for what to do in case of a workplace accident or injury. Check your employee handbook or ask your supervisor or HR department for a copy to review. If written procedures aren’t available ask for verbal clarification.
Best practices for workplace safety, injuries and accidents should include:
Regardless of the type of business, your employer should have a fully stocked First Aid kit available at all times and know how to properly administer first aid if necessary. Providing employee training for CPR and having a portable defibrillator on hand can also save lives.
Promptly getting appropriate medical treatment for an injured employee should be your employer’s highest priority. If your work injury or illness requires medical attention and it is not an emergency, your employer should immediately document the accident and give you the name of approved healthcare providers so you can have your work injury assessed and treated as soon as possible.
Non-emergency injuries and illnesses may include:
- Minor cuts, burns, scratches and scrapes
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Minor back injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
For major injuries or illnesses, your employer should contact 911 immediately. Major injuries or conditions that may require immediate medical attention include:
- Life-threatening injuries such as falls, severe wounds and burns
- Excessive bleeding
- Broken bones
- Loss of digits or limbs
- Eye injuries
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Exposure to hazardous substances
Contact A Personal Injury Attorney In New Jersey
A workplace injury or accident can be frightening for the injured person, his or her coworkers and the employer. Companies can create a safer workplace and increase employee satisfaction by providing proper safety training and having clear procedures in place on how to navigate accidents and injuries. Knowing what to do if an employee becomes injured or ill at work is critical for everyone involved; and demonstrates that an employer cares about his or her employees’ health and well-being.
If you’ve been hurt on the job, contact our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys at Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio, LLC, online or call 732-936-9901 to discuss your work injury today. Se habla español.