How long is too long to report a workplace injury?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

A number of variables can impact your risk of injury at work. For example, your profession, whether or not you follow protocols and the safety standards your employer upholds.

If you do get hurt at work, you might wonder what timetable to follow in reporting your situation. Waiting too long can jeopardize your eligibility for compensation and could interfere with your recollection of events.

Disclosing your situation

At the time of your injury, you might draw the attention of your supervisor or other employees. Do not rely on these circumstances as proof enough of your injury. As soon as you receive the medical attention you need, disclose your circumstances in detail. According to U.S. News, your claim should include information about where the incident happened, witness involvement, the extent of your injuries and the likelihood of recovery. Articulate a timeline that clearly shows what happened and when.

A thorough and formal report is something you will want to complete within 7-14 days of your injury. The sooner you submit this information, the faster you can begin the process of acquiring workers’ compensation. Having adequate evidence and showing your seriousness about acquiring compensation might corroborate your story and improve your chances of a satisfactory outcome.

Requesting compensation

Your employer will have its own protocols for handling workers’ compensation claims. Do not shy away from asking them to update you on what will happen next. Communicate regularly with the department overseeing your case to ensure they have all of the information they need to efficiently process your claim.

If your employer denies your claim with no reasonable explanation, you might choose to take legal action. Having thoroughly documented your situation to this point will provide critical support going forward.

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