Suffering an injury on the job is never an issue to downplay or ignore. Too many people, however, make the mistake of trying to continue work and ignore the pain. This can be costly not just to your potential workers’ comp claim but also to your health, well-being and recovery. There are several reasons it is imperative that you notify your employer of any injury immediately after it happens.
There are many ways to deal with an injury. You may choose to pursue a workers’ comp claim, SSI or SSDI or another form of legal recourse. No matter which option is best suited to your case, though, time is of the essence, and the following are just three reasons to notify your employer of your injury sooner rather than later.
1. You need to seek workers’ comp
If you are planning on seeking workers’ compensation benefits due to the injury, waiting to notify your employer of the accident will only weaken your case—and significantly so. Your case will be thoroughly reviewed, and any delay in your report may suggest that the injury is not significant or deserving of workers’ compensation.
2. There may be a statute of limitations
Statute of limitation laws dictate how long after an incident you may initiate legal action. According to the New York State Unified Court System, negligence that causes a personal injury has three-year statute of limitations that begins from the date of the accident. You should not delay when it comes to initiating legal action in an injury case.
3. Get the treatment you need
Ultimately, an injury is a serious threat to your health, and waiting to report it can prevent you from getting the treatment you need. Even seemingly minor injuries require medical attention and can be more serious than they appear. Rather than wait for your symptoms to worsen, report your injury immediately and seek the care you need.