Anyone can get injured at work regardless of the industry. If this is your experience, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, to do this, you need to report the injury to your employer first.
The following are three reporting mistakes to avoid:
Failing to report sooner
If you are injured at work, you should report it to your employer immediately – before you clock out. This may clear the uncertainty of your injury being work-related. If you have an injury from repetitive action, such as back pain due to sitting hours for prolonged periods, you should report it as soon as you notice the symptoms.
Further, when you report sooner, your employer will help you get medical attention, preventing the injury from worsening. In addition, you have state and internal deadlines to observe. Failure to report within the set period may affect your ability to file a claim.
Therefore, not reporting sooner can harm you and your case. Just because your employer learned about your injury from your supervisor or colleagues doesn’t mean they will take action. You need to report it.
Not reporting in writing
When you report your injury to your employer verbally, they will write a report, which they will send to their insurance company. Nonetheless, you should also give your employer a written report, explaining how the accident happened. You can do this after seeking medical help.
Not being accurate
You should be accurate about the accident when reporting to your employer or doctor. You should not omit details or exaggerate events. Inaccuracy can affect your case, as the insurance company can use it against you.
You should report your injury accurately and promptly to your employer. It will help to consider your legal options if they/the insurance company fail to act in your best interest.