Reporting Your Workplace Accident
When a workplace accident happens, you might be tempted to stay quiet and wait to see whether your injuries subside on their own. This can be a big mistake. If you feel any pain or discomfort after an accident on the job, you should immediately report what happened to your employer and tell them you need medical attention.
The initial report of the workplace accident is key if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you can inform your employer right away, it is a good idea to do so. If you need emergency care and do not have the chance to tell your supervisor, you must provide them notice within 30 days in California. Even if your supervisor heard about the accident and your injuries from other sources, you should personally report the accident as soon as you can.
If you have a work-related injury or illness that developed over time, such as a repetitive stress injury, you should report the injury as soon as you realize it is work-related. It can be wise to provide written notice, including:
- Your name
- Your contact information
- The date, time, and location of the accident and injury
- How the injury occurred
- Your symptoms and diagnosis (if you already received one)
While reporting the accident might seem like common sense, many people get swept up in the stress of an injury and skip this vital step. If you fail to report an injury within 30 days in California (the time period varies by state), you might lose your right to seek workers’ compensation benefits.
Discuss Your Case with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Sherman Oaks
The Sherman Oaks workers’ compensation attorneys at Employee Defense Group can advise you on the process for filing a successful claim for benefits. Call 818.334.4870 or contact us online after a job-related injury.