Reporting Work Injury
As for any worker or employee, an injury occurring at work is never a pleasant experience. Along with the physical pain of the injury itself, you will often feel vulnerable and somewhat hesitant to report the injury. After all, it is not realistic to "report" every bump and bruise during a work day. Unfortunately, there will come a day when an accident occurs and the pain simply does not subside. It is crucial that you immediately report these events to your employer. The Workers Compensation Insurance Company will definitely compare the date of your accident and the date the injury was reported. The larger the gap in time between the date of reporting the work injury and the date of the accident itself will eventually lead to a denial of your case. Therefore, despite the hesitancy of reporting the work injury, it must be done to protect your rights. Failure to report the injuries can result in your inability to get necessary medical procedures and can lead to financial despair.
How an employee reports the injury is equally as important. The best reporting is always written communication that specifically spells out the date of the accident, how the accident occurred, and the body part injured (low back, neck, arm, shoulder, etc.). Given the technology of today, most injured workers do not write a handwritten letter. The majority of employees that are injured will email or text the employer. It is crucial that all texts and emails be saved by you. Texts can easily be saved on phones and printed to be used in Court.