Sustaining an injury at work is never a favorable experience. Luckily, because of the Workers’ Compensation Law, injured workers are not left to suffer without an income. You just need to know how to report the injury.
Continue reading to learn how to report a work-related injury.
How to Report an Injury At Work
If you sustain an injury while working, at work, or while carrying out the duties of your employment in any manner, it’s important to know how to handle it and the first steps to take.
After receiving any necessary medical care, it’s crucial to your workers’ compensation claim that you report the injury to your employer right away. It’s a good idea to report your injury within 30 days of the incident in order to have the best possible chances of receiving the maximum amount of workers’ compensation benefits.
Should You Report an Injury at Work?
Yes! No matter how minor you think your injury may be, you should still report it to your supervisor. Even if you believe that your own negligence may have led to the injury, that doesn't automatically mean that you won't be eligible for compensation. You should also never allow fear to prevent you from filing a claim. Employers are prohibited from firing, punishing or harassing an employee for filing a workers' compensation claim.
What Is a Work Accident Report Form?
In order to report an on-the-job injury, your employer will need to fill out the IAIABC IA-1 (8/01) form. This form requests quite a bit of information about your employer, their insurance carrier, your information, as well as a detailed account of the incident.
Once this form has been filled out, your employer will need to submit it to their insurance company and/or the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
How Long Do You Have to Report an Injury at Work?
It’s important to keep in mind that there is a two-year statute of limitations on workers’ compensation claims. That means if you don’t submit a claim within two years of your injury, you will likely be ineligible to receive benefits.
What Happens if an Accident at Work is Not Reported?
If you fail to file an official report, or you file the report too long after the incident occurs, you may risk not receiving compensation for your injuries. Oftentimes if a claim is filed too late, insurance companies may refuse to cover the treatment. In addition, your employer may refuse to file your claim if you do not report your injuries in a timely manner. Don't delay! Our team can help you navigate the legal process and get started with your claim.
We’re Here to Help
If you feel that your workers’ compensation benefits were wrongfully denied, we may be able to help. Our team here at MW Law Firm PLLC - Mama Justice is highly skilled in the area of workers’ compensation law and has helped many other people just like you obtain the benefits they deserved. Let us see if we can help you receive compensation, too. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with your case right away.
Call us today at (662) 262-6264 to discuss the details of your case!