On-the-job injures are very common in the United States. In 2015, there were approximately 2.9 million work-related injuries and illnesses and deaths reported.
However, many workers do not report injuries that have occurred on the job. Some do not think their injuries are serious enough to report. Others are too embarrassed to report them. Others believe that their injuries are just “part of the job”.
Being injured is not a part of the job.
Workers who suffer all types of on-the-job injuries and illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation.
Here are 5 excuses workers commonly give for not seeking medical attention or legal help after a work-related injury:
- My injury is not serious enough to report: Workers should feel confident reporting any type of injury that has occurred on the job. In some cases, an injury may turn out to be more serious than originally thought.
- I don’t need to tell my employer: It is imperative that you inform your employer of the injury: Even if it is minor. This is an important part of the workers’ compensation process.
- I don’t need to see a doctor: When in doubt, see a doctor. Symptoms of a serious injury may not show up immediately. A medical exam can reveal the type and severity of an injury. A medical exam will also serve as evidence of your injury, which is an important part of the workers’ compensation claim process.
- Injuries are just part of the job: Being injured is not a part of any job: Even more dangerous jobs like construction, truck driving or steel working. No worker should ever consider an injury to be part of a job, and no employer should never suggest that it is.
- The injury was my fault: Workers’ compensation covers work-related injuries and illnesses regardless of fault. The accident could be caused by you, a negligent coworker – or the accident could be just that, an accident. Workers’ comp applies in all situations.
Don’t hesitate to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney if you have been injured on the job. You have rights, and you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Free consultation: Call Kampf, Schiavone & Associates at 909-885-1522.