When should you report a work injury? The answer is right away, no matter how small that work injury may seem. Our chiropractor in Nashville, TN is here to help.
For example, let's say you're a diabetic. You trip at work because you stub your toe but you don't fall. In this situation, it's easy to think that you didn't fall so it's no big deal; there is no work injury. However, in the bigger scheme of things, it's the stubbing of the toe that may have mattered the most.
The trauma to the toe is a work injury all by itself, and in a diabetic, the trauma to the toe could be enough to start causing a mysterious lesion to appear on your foot near that toe. That lesion could take an exceptionally long period of time to heal, or in the worst case scenario, it could lead to a severe infection that becomes an amputation.
The bottom line here is that any work injury could become something truly ugly and non-healing, and since no one has a crystal ball, it's best to just report every work injury, period.
In another case scenario, you could be a part-time worker and believe that a work injury is not something that part-time employees can report. However, workers comp covers all employees, full timers, part timers, temporary workers and even immigrant workers.
When you are thinking about reporting a work injury, you actually have two years from the date of the injury to tell your employer, so a claim can be made for benefits. But don't wait until the last minute! Most people don't even remember what they ate yesterday for breakfast, let alone what were the details about the work injury. The sooner you can fill out the forms, the better.
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