How to Report an Injury to Your EmployerBy Kenton Koszdin on November 5, 2018 | In Workers Compensation
If you’ve sustained an injury while working, do you know how to report it? Do you know why it is important to report even minor injuries? Workplace injuries are more common than you’d think, but your employer will most likely have procedures in place to make sure you get the care you need after your injury, as well as preventing subsequent injuries. A workplace injury can be everything from a slip and fall to injuries that take longer to sustain, such as those that are desk related.
Report the Injury Immediately
Even if the injury is minor, it is important to report the injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. If you aren’t able to because of the injury, be sure to send a co-worker to let them know. The sooner they know of the injury, the sooner they can get you medical attention. They may also want to speak to other co-workers who may have witnessed the injury. The sooner management is made aware of the injury, the better. This is because both the memory of your co-workers and your own is still relevant to the accident.
Injury, Illness, Near Misses, and Hazards
It isn’t just an injury you need to report to your supervisor or employment safety team. If you have an illness that may have been caused by your working conditions, you want to report that as well. If you weren’t injured, but could have been due to a “near miss,” you need to let your supervisor know. If you realize that something in the workplace is a hazard, to both you and co-workers, it is important to point this out so it can be fixed or changed before someone else gets hurt.
Follow Proper Procedures
Most likely, your employer has a set of procedures or workplace injury forms in place for those who sustain a workplace injury. You may want to brush up on these procedures before an injury actually happens, so you are aware of what steps you need to take. An employer may have a procedure for reporting an injury, illness, near miss, or hazard, so they can be addressed as soon as possible.
Importance of Reporting a Workplace Injury
Not only is reporting a workplace injury vital to getting the care you need, but it can help protect fellow employees from being hurt in the same way you did. Even if it is a near miss or a hazard that you report, these things can tell the employer what needs to be fixed, why, and how. Reporting workplace injuries can help keep you and your co-workers safe from further injury.
After you’ve reported your workplace injury, you may want to speak to a Workers’ Compensation lawyer, like Kenton Koszdin. Located in Van Nuys, Koszdin serves all of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Having a lawyer on your side who is experienced in workplace injury and Worker’s Comp may help you get the compensation you need.