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Report Your Workplace Accident Right Away
By Pyle Law, October 22 2019 5:03 pm
Report Your Workplace Accident Right Away

If you’ve been injured at work, you may be inclined to downplay it out of fear of jeopardizing your job and/or because you think your own clumsiness may have contributed to the accident. While this is understandable, it is important to recognize that failing to inform your employer or delaying telling your employer that you’ve been injured on the job is not in your best interests. Protecting your rights and achieving your fullest recovery are far too important to risk the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. If you’ve been injured in an accident on the job, consult with an experienced Kansas, workers’ compensation attorney today.

Delays Can Harm Your Claim

If you’ve been hurt at work, the best path forward is to inform your boss immediately. Delaying doing so can hurt your workers’ compensation claim. Once you notify your boss about the injury you’ve sustained on the job, he or she will begin the workers’ compensation insurance process. If you wait even a day or two before you let your employer know that you were injured at work, it can lead to questions about exactly how serious your injuries are (since you didn’t bother to mention them) and to questions about whether your injuries were actually sustained on the job. In other words, when you delay notifying your employer about a workplace injury, the veracity of your claim is more likely to be questioned.

Your Claim

Sometimes, immediately notifying an employer about an accident is not possible. This might be the case if you were injured in an accident that resulted in an emergency. If you were whisked away from the job site by an ambulance, your attention and concern have to remain focused on your health. Further, the company you work for is responsible for knowing about accidents on their premises (when it’s reasonable for them to do so). This means that if you are not able to inform your employer of your injury right away, it should not be used against you to negate or minimize the seriousness of your injuries or to question the validity of your claim.

In fact, there are several instances in which a delay in reporting should not work against you, including:

  1. Your employer knew or should have known about the accident that caused your injury (if he or she was notified by your supervisor or colleagues, for example).
  2. You had a good reason not to notify your employer (such as if you were in the hospital).
  3. Your employer wasn’t harmed by your delay in reporting.
  4. Your employer failed to post legally required workers’ compensation rules.

If You’ve Been Injured at Work, an Experienced Kansas, Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help

If a workplace accident leaves you injured, the experienced legal team at Pyle Law in Kansas, is committed to skillfully advocating for your rights and for your rightful compensation. Workers’ compensation attorney Tom Pyle is here to help, so please don’t hesitate to ​contact​ us online or call us at ​(888) 381-1155​ for more information today.

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