What You Should Do if You Suffer a Workplace Facial Injury
WPTV News recently reported that a worker suffered a facial injury in Boynton Beach in a recent midweek accident when a balcony he was repairing collapsed. Authorities asserted that the 30-year-old man was on the second floor when the balcony collapsed, causing him to fall approximately 10 feet to the ground. He had to be transported under a Trauma Alert to a nearby Medical Center for his facial injury.
Statistics published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that in a one year period, facial injuries accounted for over 60 percent of all workplace head injuries so unfortunately, these types of workplace injuries are not uncommon.
What Are the Types of Workplace Facial Injuries?
Every worker faces different risks at work depending on the circumstances of the workplace environment. However, there are common facial injuries that people receive on the job and ideally, your employer should ensure that you have the proper safety gear and procedures in place to help prevent facial workplace injuries – all of which you should utilize.
Common facial injuries include:
- Facial burns
- Eye injuries
- Nose and facial fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
While the bulk of facial injuries eventually heal, many others lead to permanent scarring, disfigurement, and many other residuals.
What Should I do if I Suffer a Facial Injury While Working?
- Get medical attention. Keep in mind that even if your injury seems minor, there are many injuries that may not produce symptoms for days or even weeks. Obtaining an immediate medical exam will help find any latent injuries as well as serve as documentation that can later help validate the circumstances of your claim.
- Alert your manager and file an accident report. If you become injured at work, alert your manager as soon as possible and ensure that you ask for an injury report which you request your own copy of. This is another important step in substantiating that can later help substantiate your assertions of when and where your injuries occurred.
- Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Though it may seem tempting to try to navigate the system alone, with this kind of claim especially, you need help. Unfortunately, a simple action such as missing a time limit or failing to file a required document can inadvertently reduce or even eliminate your entitlement to the benefits you could have received. Your chances of avoiding this are much better with competent legal help.
Are You Struggling to Figure Out Whether You Can Obtain Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Your Facial Injuries? Allow Us to Help.
If you or a loved one has suffered a facial injury while working that you believe warrants entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits, you should obtain legal help as soon as possible from someone who understands what you are going through and can guide your next steps. The process for obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be overwhelming and challenging for anyone who has been injured at work. Further, because facial injuries and their residuals can be challenging to obtain benefits for, it is imperative that you choose your legal help wisely. Fortunately, the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates have significant experience helping people like you and you should allow us to help you get the benefits you deserve. Begin by contacting us today to schedule a free consultation.