What Should I Do If I Was Injured While Working at Tyson Foods?
Recently, Tyson Foods has come under fire from employees and consumer advocacy groups for encouraging practices that have placed its factory workers at an increased risk of injury.
In 2016, the poultry company faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines after a worker suffered an amputated finger. An investigation revealed that the company did not follow all safety regulations in its plants, exposing its workers to a high risk of serious injury or death.
If you have been injured at Tyson Foods, contact the Fort Worth workers’ compensation attorneys of Zinda Law Group at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation and to learn about your legal options.
Statute of Limitations
While you may have a workers’ compensation claim against Tyson Foods, there is a deadline in place, known as the statute of limitations, which restricts how long injured workers have to file such claims against their employers. Therefore, you must seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss the deadline and lose your right to recover damages from Tyson Foods.
If the deadline passes, you will be solely responsible for covering the cost of your medical care and other injuries you suffered as a result of your workplace injury.
What to Do If Injured
Get Medical Treatment
It is crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible after sustaining an injury. A physician will be able to not only determine the extent of your injuries but also create an official record for insurance and legal purposes.
Equally important is completing all medical treatment as prescribed by your doctor and attending all follow-up visits they may schedule. Failing to show up for doctors’ appointments and waiting several months in between treatments will weaken your argument that you have suffered serious injuries.
Always follow your doctor’s recommendations until you have finished your course of treatment. If you require future medical treatment, such as surgery and physical therapy, make sure this recommendation is well documented by your doctor.
To strengthen your legal claim and improve your chances of success, you must detail exactly how you were injured by Tyson Foods. You should provide your workers’ compensation lawyer with details about the incident, as well as the names of any witnesses who were present. Some questions your attorney will likely ask are:
- Did you report the incident to anyone in the company?
- Did you warn others that injuries may occur due to the conditions present in the work environment?
- Did you immediately seek medical treatment?
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Ultimately, the best route you can take if you were injured at Tyson Foods is to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will help you seek the compensation you deserve and ensure that your legal rights are protected.
If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident and the injuries you suffered and get recorded statements from any witnesses. It is important to save copies of your medical records and bills and provide them to your attorney.
Your lawyer needs the full picture of the incident that occurred and how it has affected you, physically and emotionally. To prevail in a workers’ compensation claim, you must clearly prove the link between the workplace injury and the harm it caused you.
Don’t Make Your Case Public
Keep the fact that you are consulting with an attorney confidential. Do not discuss the incident with your coworkers or post about it on social media. Although it may be tempting to tell the world what happened to you, let your attorney guide you through the legal process. Posting the wrong thing on social media or discussing your case too freely with your coworkers may be detrimental to your claim.
Get Help with Your Tyson Foods Workplace Injury Claim
At Zinda Law Group, our Fort Worth workers’ compensation attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you seek maximum compensation for damages resulting from your Tyson Foods accident, including past and future medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
No matter how large your employer is, we are prepared to prove the extent of your injuries and fight for you. Call us today at 800-863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our skilled workers’ compensation lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.