The purpose of workers’ compensation insurance is to provide benefits to work injury victims to cover their medical expenses and provide a source of income while the employee is not able to work. Of course, not all work-related injuries result in costly medical bills and an inability to work. Some work-related conditions are minor, and can be resolved with minimal treatment. An employee who sustains a minor injury may be able to return to their job the next day. In these cases, is it necessary to report the injury to your employer?
It is important to report all injuries you suffer on the job to your employer. Although the injury may seem minor initially, it is possible that it will develop into a more serious condition later on. Even if the injury is minor, it may be more expensive to treat than you originally suspected. In the event that your condition worsens, you will want to have a record that your injury happened at your job in case you decide to eventually pursue a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation claims are time-sensitive, so regardless of the severity of your injury, you should report it as soon as possible. If your condition worsens or you decide to file a claim later on for any reason, you may no longer be entitled to benefits if it is too late.
Essentially, reporting an injury to your employer can only benefit you. You cannot truly know how an injury is going to affect your health and finances in the immediate aftermath of an incident. When you report a work injury, you will have the security of knowing you can eventually file a workers’ compensation claim if you need to. If you ultimately decide that you do not have to file a claim, you can simply choose not to go forward with the report.
Herbert Chestnut & Associates represents employees who were injured on the job and are interested in pursuing a workers’ compensation claim. If you were hurt at work and are curious about your rights, schedule a free case evaluation with our attorney.Send us a message or call (770) 661-0091 to get in touch with the firm.