If you are injured in your workplace you should report it to your employer as soon as you can. Even if the injury does not seem too serious you should still make your employer aware so that should the injury develop into something more serious you have done your part an communicated the incident to your superiors.
If you follow the proper procedure and report you workplace injury in a timely fashion, you will be able to increase your chances of winning your claim.
1. Report the injury immediately
Report your workplace injury as soon as possible, to your supervisor or the designated individual by your employer for reporting injuries. A delay of just one day can make raise eyebrows as to the actual cause of your accident so be sure to be as prompt as you can with the reporting of your injury.
2. Make sure you’re reporting to the correct person
Telling a co-worker that you have been injured is not the same thing as officially reporting it to the company. You must report your injury to your superior and there should be a record of it if possible. If you can submit this in an email or a letter that you have a copy of that is ideal.
3. Do not leave any injuries out of your initial report
A common mistake that many people will make when they report an injury is not including all of the places on their body that were injured. If you were injured in the head and leg, be sure to detail both in your report. You need the information that you submit in your initial report to be consistent with your claim and any doctors letters.
4. If the injury becomes worse over time, say so
You should report any new problems that develop that may be from your injury as soon as possible also. Sometimes new problems will develop from a work injury in the hours, days or weeks after the event. Even if you succumb to another injury that is directly caused by your first, you should make a point to report that as well.
5. Ensure that the doctor does not leave anything out of their report
Doctors tend to focus on the serious injuries and will potentially not make notes on superficial injuries unless you explicitly ask them to. Often times our clients are extremely surprised when we obtain their medical records, and the history of how the injury occurred and the problems that developed from the injury are not well documented in their medical records.
You will also need to make sure that the explanation for the injury that you give to your doctor is exactly the same as the one you gave in your report to your superior. It is vital to your claim that the doctor’s notes and your own report are consistent. Any discrepancies can lead to your claim being denied.
6. Document everything
If you have a detailed record of who you spoke to at your place of work regarding the injury and exactly what they said, this is a great start. You will need to document every stage of your injury from when you went to the doctor, the examination details and any medications or procedures that we prescribed or performed. Having this robust record will allow you to relay the information to your accident lawyer should you need to remind yourself of a specific detail.