What Steps Do I Need to Take If I am Injured on the Job?

By Peter DePaolis

There are many reasons why it’s important to contact a lawyer if you are injured on the job. There is a requirement to report your injury, after your injury, and you are protected under the law from employer. Your employer is not allowed to punish or fire you for reporting your injury. Attorney David Schloss explains in this video the importance in employing the help of a lawyer who knows the law and can help file your claims correctly.

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Video Transcription

First thing you do if you’re injured at work is you report the injury to your supervisor. If it’s something that you think may require medical treatment, even if you don’t think it’s a significant injury, do yourself a favor notify, your supervisor. There is a notice requirement and that’s why I tell everyone if you’re injured at work it’s really important that you report that injury. I know what some of you may be thinking which is I don’t want to rock the boat, I’m afraid that my employer might let me go, might fire me if I file a workers compensation claim. I’m here to tell you they’re not allowed to do that. There are protections under the law for an employee who’s injured at work. An employer is not allowed to punish an employee who files a workers compensation claim. We will protect that employees rights in that regard. After the injury is reported we suggest you contact a lawyer immediately, hopefully it’s us but if it’s not us it can be someone else who’s got experience in workers compensation cases. Why is that important? It’s important that the claim be filed in the proper jurisdiction. We handle cases in D.C, Maryland, and Virginia. We can advise the injured worker where to file that claim, and we can file that if he or she wants us to on his or her behalf. A little known secret, even if you’re injured in Maryland or Virginia you may be allowed to file a D.C workers compensation claim. But if you don’t seek advice on where to file that case you may be out of luck later on. For more information please go to our website Koonz.com.
About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.