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Steps to take after an accident at work to get the workers' comp benefits you deserve

Studies show that each year, nearly 5,000 workers die on the job. As work places work aggressively to cut down on these numbers and provide safer work environments, it is still important that you know which jobs pose the greatest risk of injury.

A recent study listed the following industries as the most dangerous in the United States: logging, fishing, piloting, garbage and recycling, farming and agriculture, iron and steel, trucking and transportation and electrical installation

If you work in one of these industries, it is important that you know what to do if you are involved in an accident. Here are some tips for seeking the full amount of workers' compensation available - money that you need to cover medical bills and treatment for your injury, as well as time you've lost at work:

Go to the doctor immediately - Even if you don't think your injury is "that bad," go to a doctor as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis and a plan for treatment. Delaying will only cause potential problems during the claims process and could hurt your chances of making a full recovery.

Create a thorough report of your injury - Document on paper what happened in the accident and keep all medical records. Provide your employer with a full report, as soon as possible. Keep copies over everything, including emails and communications, for your own records.

Work with a skilled workers' compensation attorney - The claims process can be complicated, and even if your employer is cooperative, the workers' compensation claims committee many not approve your claim because of technicalities or errors. A lawyer can help navigate through the complexities and get you the benefits you deserve as quickly as possible.

Attorney Laurie W. Maschek works with employees throughout Louisiana who have faced the difficulties of the workers' compensation process and can provide you the experience and advocacy you need on your side. For more information, click here.

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