Do not delay reporting an injury in the workplace

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

If you are ever injured on the job in Georgia, even ever so slightly, you need to report the incident immediately. The report doesn’t have to come the minute you are injured but it really should be done once you have been released from the hospital or the doctor’s office. Make sure you do not delay reporting a workplace injury or else you could wind up losing out on workers’ compensation benefits.

For the most part, your company will not have a mandatory reporting period for injuries suffered on the job. This type of mandatory period could wind up forcing employees to hide their injuries, especially if they think they missed the reporting deadline. This can lead to costlier payouts for employers.

The best way to handle any injury suffered on the job is to report it once you have received medical attention, especially if the injury was severe enough to send you via ambulance to the hospital. If the injury was not severe enough to send you to the hospital, you need to wait to see a doctor or until the employer’s insurance company chooses one for you.

Reporting an injury in a timely manner not only benefits you as the employee but also benefits the employer. It tells the employer that you are not scared to report issues to them and also helps them keep their insurance premiums at affordable prices.

Suffering an injury at work can be one of the most stressful times in life. You might have to miss time on the job to recover from your injuries, which will hurt your financial situation. The quicker you report the injury, the sooner you can begin receiving workers’ compensation payments from your employer.