Accidents happen to everyone. Sometimes they are just impossible to avoid. You cut your finger slicing an onion, you slip on some ice and fall down the stairs, you stub your toe on the kitchen table, or you fall off your bike and scrape your knee. Most of our accidents occur at home, and often they are our own fault. But what about accidents that occur at work? If you work in a dangerous profession, or even if you spend your days filing paperwork, on the job accidents can and do happen every single day. If you have an accident at work, do you know how you’ll handle it?
Serious accidents such as falls can have devastating effects. Besides the physical pain of being injured, you can face months without being able to work and costly hospital bills. If you are injured on the job, it is your employers responsibility to cover any medical bills and compensate you for time lost. However, it’s not always a simple matter of going to your boss and telling him you’ll need him do to this. No matter how great your relationship with your boss may be, asking for hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars, is unlikely to make him a happy camper. To receive compensation, it is often necessary to bring your case to court and have a judge award you damages.
Many workers are very hesitant to sue their bosses, for fear of losing their job or angering their co-workers. While it may be unpleasant, it will be much worse to try and cover the expensive hospital bills on your own. Compile as much information as you can about your accident and find a lawyer. By law, your boss can not fire you for blowing the whistle on him, so you have no reason to fear loss of work. If you feel hesitant, remember- it is your employers job to protect you on his job site. If he is not doing his job, there may be other workers later down the road who suffer as well.