When recovering from a job-related accident, there are many different factors that employees have to review. Even those who do not sustain an injury in a job-related mishap must address what took place, especially in terms of prevention.
For example, those who share their experiences with co-workers and management often help reduce the probability of a similar accident occurring in the future. Workers who sustain injuries often turn to their manager for support, especially if they are unsure of how to recover from the incident and what their options are.
Should you speak with your manager about your options?
Talking about a workplace accident with a manager is helpful in some instances. Managers can guide employees in the right direction and provide them with a clearer understanding of their options.
However, this can be counterproductive in certain situations. Some managers may give poor advice (intentionally or accidentally) and do not understand what is in a worker’s best interests. An injured worker who plans on filing a lawsuit against their company may not benefit from speaking with management, for example.
It is imperative for injured workers to have a clear understanding of their options after a workplace accident. Workers’ compensation benefits are a lifeline for many workers who sustain injuries on the job. Some people are able to find support and assistance from their managers, but others need to do their own research and consult a legal expert.
Those suffering from physical pain or emotional trauma as a result of an accident on the job should try to remain hopeful, even though we understand how challenging the recovery and legal processes can be.