If you get hurt or injured on the job in New Jersey, you have the right to receive compensation and assistance, whether it was your fault or not. Most workers don’t know the step to take to get the help they are eligible for. Therefore, let’s look at what to do if you, unfortunately, find yourself in this situation.
1. Start with getting medical assistance
What matters more when you are injured at work is getting the help you need, even if it appears not serious. You need to go to a medical professional immediately and get a proper examination. Moreover, you cannot get workers’ comp without a medical report.
2. Gather evidence
After getting the help you need, start to gather evidence supporting your claim immediately. You will need the doctor’s report as mentioned earlier, testimonies from your colleagues that witnessed the accident, pictures of your environment and how they may have contributed to you getting injured, and CCTV footage if you have one. You should never put yourself in a position where your employer has all the evidence of how things transpired, and you don’t.
3. Report the accident
In New Jersey, giving an oral notice to your supervisor, HR or employer is sufficient for reporting how you got your injuries. But, if you want to be in a more advantageous position, provide a formal written report.
Some employers are good; they can help you get the compensation you need without any difficulties. However, many will try to diminish, delay or outright deny your claim.