You may work in a high-risk industry or a low-risk industry. You may fully understand that you risk life and limb each day that you are on the job, or you may understandably assume that you will remain safe while working at your desk job. In either case, becoming injured at work can feel like a shock after it has happened. In the wake of your accident, you may be far more concerned with obtaining medical care and healing than you may be about seeking legal counsel.
You should absolutely seek medical care first and foremost in the wake of a work-related accident and injury. But you also should not wait too long before meeting with an attorney experienced in work-related injuries and occupational illness. Much of the paperwork you are compelled to fill out at the hospital, from your insurance company and from your employer should be reviewed by an attorney before you sign it.
Why? Because if any individual or entity negligently contributed to your injury, he or she may work quickly to avoid liability for the harm you have suffered. As a result, it is important for you to act quickly in order to secure an advocate who will work on your behalf, even if you feel too dazed after being injured to care much about this aspect of the process. Chances are that after the dust settles and medical bills are piling up, you will care about holding negligent parties accountable for your harm. So please, contact an attorney as soon as you are able to after you have experienced the shock of being injured while at work.