Reporting A Work Injury

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 may feel vulnerable and somewhat hesitant to report the injury. After all, it is not realistic to "report" every bump and bruise you get during a work day. Unfortunately, there will come a day when an accident occurs and the pain simply does not subside, which is why it is crucial for you to immediately report these events to your employer.

You can expect that the Workers Compensation insurance company will compare the date of your accident and the date the injury was reported. The larger the gap in time between the date of reporting your work injury and the date of the accident itself, the more likely it is that your case will be denied. Therefore, despite your hesitancy in reporting your injury, it must be done in order to protect your rights. Failure to report the injuries can result in your inability to receive 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 (i.e. lower 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 their employer. It is crucial that you save all texts and emails. Texts can easily be saved on phones and printed to be used in Court.