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What to do if You Witness a Coworker Being Hurt in an Accident


On-the-job injuries can affect anyone. It is highly possible that you will suffer from work-related harm in your lifetime, or see someone else injured in an accident. You may be familiar with what you should do if you are hurt, but what if your coworker is? There are certain things you can do to help an injured coworker in the event of an on-the-job accident.

Get Them to Safety

In the aftermath of any injury, the top priority is the safety of the victims. Step in to lift any object or disable any machinery that is causing the injury and make sure your coworker is transferred to a safe place. If they need immediate medical attention, drive them to the hospital or call an ambulance.

Report the Injury, if Necessary

Depending on the severity of the accident, your coworker may be able to report their injury themselves. Even in severe cases, it is likely that they will need to eventually complete their own report of the events. However, you can initially report the incident right after your coworker is hurt if they are receiving medical attention at the time.

Be Available to Provide Evidence

Workers’ compensation claims don’t often go to trial, but if they do, you may be asked to testify in court if you witnessed the incident. Even if your coworker’s claim does not go to trial and they are involved in settlement negotiations, it is possible that you may be asked to provide your account of the events as evidence. Their attorney, or potentially your employer, may contact you to give a statement on the accident.

Do you have your own workers’ compensation claim? If so, contact Alvandi Law Group, P.C. for experienced representation. We specialize in workers’ comp law and are prepared to apply our knowledge to your case. Schedule a free consultation today to discover your options.

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