Any accident could trigger the appearance of severe consequences, in the event that someone has been injured. Consequently, the injured victim should understand how to respond to his or her particular situation.
How to respond if injured at work:
In Ontario, an injured worker can ask to receive WSIB benefits, if the injury was reported to the employer. In addition, the injured worker must file a claim with the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WISB) within 6 months of the injury-causing accident.
An injured worker that has failed to follow either of those recommended procedures must hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Waterloo, in an effort to get compensated for the work-related injuries and the days when a paycheck could not be earned.
How to respond to a slip and fall incident:
Notify the owner of the property where the incident has occurred. The injured victim should not leave the premises until the owner, or someone authorized to act on the owner’s behalf has come onto the scene. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Jot down all the information that relates to the incident: the date, the time, the location, what caused the victim to slip and fall. Note the actions of those present. Do such actions suggest an awareness of negligence on the part of those responsible for maintaining the area in which the victim slipped and fell?
If a camera is available, take pictures of the spot where the victim slipped; do that before any changes have been made by those in charge of the premises. A smart victim saves his or her shoes, in the event that the property owner would suggest later that the victim was not wearing sturdy footwear at the time of the incident.
How to respond, if your vehicle has collided with another vehicle:
Use a decided level of caution when exiting vehicle. Exchange information with the other driver(s). You need to save their name, address, contact numbers, their license number and the name of their insurance company. If there are any witnesses, get their names and contact information as well.
If someone has a camera, an effort should be made to get pictures of the accident scene. The pictures should show the extent of damage to the involved vehicles. The pictures might also show the nature of any injuries suffered by the driver or passengers.
An injured victim should seek immediate medical treatment. A victim without obvious injuries should still see a doctor as soon as possible. The driver should contact his or her insurance company and also get in touch with a personal injury lawyer. If there have been serious injuries, a police officer should be contacted and called to the scene of the accident.