INJURED ON THE JOB 4 STEPS TOWARD BEING PROPERLY COMPENSATED
We hope they never happen to us, but the truth is that accidents in the workplace occur all the time. A simple slip and fall could be all it takes to put you out of commission for weeks, leaving you unable to work. While most employers offer workers’ compensation for onsite injuries, there is a process to getting it. Below are some of the most important steps in making sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries and on your way to a speedy recovery. SEEK MEDICAL HELP If the accident is severe enough that it warrants immediate medical attention, or if you are not able to work effectively with your injuries, go to a hospital or doctor’s office to document what happened to you. This will not only help prove the extent of your injuries, but also establish a timeline. An employer might claim that the accident happened at another time, but if you seek medical help immediately, you will have documentation of the exact time you were hurt. IMMEDIATELY REPORT THE ACCIDENT Even if you think you are fine after an accident, don’t put off telling your employer that it happened. If injuries show up
later and the accident was not reported, your employer can deny you compensation. Make sure that you state the facts in writing in as much detail as you can.
TAKE PICTURES AND TALK TO WITNESSES You can’t create a very detailed picture using only words, so if you can, try to take some pictures of the scene of the accident with your smartphone. If there are other workers around, get statements from them about what they saw happen. You will want to cover all your bases to make sure you are fairly compensated. CONTACT AN ATTORNEY In any case, you’ll want an expert in your corner to make sure you are fairly treated throughout the entire process. Obiorah Fields has attorneys with plenty of experience handling on- the-job accidents. Give us a call today.
OPENING DAY HAMBURGERS
• 1 pound ground chuck, 80 percent lean • 4 soft, white hamburger buns, split • 4 1/4-inch thick tomato slices • 12–16 pickle rounds • 4 small leaves iceberg lettuce • 4 1/4-inch thick yellow onion slices
• 1 teaspoon
vegetable oil • Salt and pepper, to taste • Condiments of your choice
1. Lightly grease a small nonstick skillet with oil. Heat over medium-high. 2. While heating, gently shape meat into four patties 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to prevent tough burgers. Season liberally with salt and pepper. 3. Sear patties on each side, about 1 minute per side. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until desired doneness, about 1 more minute per side for medium-rare, 2 more per side for medium-well. 4. Let meat rest for a minimum of 3 minutes. 5. To assemble, place patty on bottom bun and top with tomato, pickles, lettuce, and onion (in that order). Spread condiments on top half of bun and place on top of onion. Serve.
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