Work-related injuries should not be taken lightly and should be reported immediately. Why? Because the sooner an injury is reported through the proper channels, the faster an injured worker can receive the necessary medical treatment. Delaying treatment for an injury that occurs at work, or failing to report it, can have unintended negative consequences.
Workers’ compensation insurance is no-fault; regardless as to how a work injury occurred, an injured worker is entitled to medical care, work accommodations, and recovery of lost wages. Failing to report an injury immediately can put these benefits at risk. Worse, delayed medical treatment runs the risk of more permanent or chronic injuries. Injured workers may find it more difficult to pursue a successful workers’ compensation claim for an injury if they only seek treatment weeks or months after the initial incident.
Some workers may be wary about filing a workers’ compensation claim due to fear of how their company will react. However, people who suffer a work injury can rest assured that employers are expressly forbidden from retaliating against them for suffering an injury. Employers who threaten injured workers with termination or other forms of ‘payback’ for filing a claim can be held accountable by a reputable workers’ compensation attorney.
If you’ve been injured at work, contact the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today at 888-517-9888. If you’ve been asked by your employer not to report your injury, we can help.