Americans work hard to earn their paychecks. You commit yourself to your employer and your job, with approximately one-third of your life spent at your workplace. It is reasonable for you to expect that if you are hurt or even killed on the job, you or your family will be fairly compensated.

If you are in an accident at work, you might file a workers' compensation claim or, depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. But in either case, there are certain steps you’ll need to take to protect your rights. Below, we will take a deep dive into everything you need to know about workplace accidents and explain step by step what to do if you are involved in a workplace accident.