Work related accidents can have a dramatic impact on the family of the victims, especially when the victim dies. Many times, families are left to try and put the pieces of their lives back together while trying to keep up with bills and lost income.
A Dallas construction worker was killed in a fork lift accident at the site of the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas last week. Reports indicate the 24 year-old worker suffered massive internal injuries after he was hit by a forklift while working at the hospital construction site. The worker has been identifed as Michael Pishnick. He was transported to a nearby hospital by a medical rescue team but was pronounced dead on arrival. OSHA will be investigating the cause of the workplace accident.
As experienced Kansas City Workers Compensation Attorneys, we know full well that construction jobs pose some of the greater threats to worker than most other jobs, especially when you get into the jobs of repairing structure damage. Often times, if you are doing one of these jobs, its because the structure already has problems.
After you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in a workplace accident, there are three things you should do immediately:
Notify your employer in writing of your injury. Both Missouri and Kansas have specific requirements for notifying your employer of your workplace accident injury. In Missouri you have thirty days to make the notification and in Kansas you have just ten days. The notification should include the time and place of the accident, information about what happened and a description of your injury. If you fail to notify your employer then you may face a possible denial of workers comp benefits.
See a doctor. Workers comp law requires you to see a doctor that your employer agrees upon. Thus, it is important to be informed about which doctor you may use as quickly as possible.
Keep your employer informed of your recovery. You may be required to keep your employer informed of your recovery status.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury in a work related accident in Kansas or Missouri, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for your losses. The road to recovery can be difficult, which is why you need someone in your corner you can trust. Call our experienced Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys. With over 15 years of experience in Work Related Injury Accident and Workers Compensation cases, we might be able to help you through this difficult time.
Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys to set up a free consultation to discuss your personal injury claim. You can get started today by ordering our free book, "The Ultimate Guide to Workers Compensation in Kansas and Missouri". We want you to know your rights.