Many employees are hesitant to report even serious workplace injuries to their employers, let alone minor ones. They may feel uncomfortable telling their supervisors or managers about what happened, especially if their company prides itself on the number of days that have passed since the last on-the-job injury.
At Stewart & Stewart, we’ve helped many workers who faced debilitating pain, loss of mobility, and weeks, months, or years of lost income because they ignored minor or moderate injuries. The severity of many injuries is subjective, and what may seem like a minor injury to you may actually be severe enough to be considered disabling.
Always report any injuries you suffer at work to your supervisor for the following reasons:
- Minor injuries can worsen. Injuries involving muscles, tendons, and any part of the spinal cord can quickly get worse over the course of hours or days. But if you wait too long to tell someone at work about the accident, you may lose your chance to file a claim for workers’ compensation.
- Minor injuries can shine a light on unsafe working conditions. If you were injured at work while performing a certain task or while working in a specific environment, a lack of safety protocols or equipment may be to blame. Alerting management of your injury may help others avoid getting hurt in similar situations.
It’s important to not try and “tough out” work-related injuries, as many are susceptible to worsening over time. An Indiana workers’ compensation lawyer is here to help if you were hurt at work, and we’ll do everything we can to protect your rights to the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.