Who should take responsibility for a workplace accident?

A workplace accident that injures you can have lasting repercussions on your health and career. Who should take responsibility for the hardship you endure? The answer is your employer.

When you know what to expect from your employer, you can advocate for your needs.  You have the right to compensation for the damage you endure, and workers’ compensation benefits could provide that support.

Employer responsibilities

Your employer should actively prevent hazards. Some examples of ways they can make the workplace safer include responding in a timely manner to safety concerns, providing safety training and complying with federal safety regulations.

After your accident, your employer should provide a swift response to your injury claim. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they should collect data about the accident and use it to prevent future incidents. They should also communicate regularly with you and assist you with returning to work when that time comes.

Employee responsibilities

There are also things you will need to do to ensure you receive your workers’ compensation benefits. First, you will want to file an injury claim right away. After 30 days, in most cases, your employer could legally deny your claim citing the statute of limitations. Second, find out which medical providers are in the network with your employer’s insurance. Third, keep your employer informed of any changes in your condition. Fourth, collaborate with your employer to plan your return to the workplace.

So long as you comply with all safety requirements, there should not be a reason for you to suffer an injury at work. If your employer tries to evade responsibility, you should look into your options. Holding your employer responsible will allow you to move on and prevent repercussions from stalling your recovery and career.


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