Should I report my on-the-job injury?

Always Report Your On the Job Injury

You are at work going about your daily task when suddenly an injury occurs. First thing you do is make sure the injury is not life-threatening. But then what do you do? Report your injury to your supervisor. 

How do I go about reporting my on the job injury?

Usually telling that immediate supervisor will suffice. However, a formal report may be taken. To preserve your workers’ compensation claim, you should do the following:

  • Report your on the job injury within 30 days
  • Report to a supervisor, manager, or company representative

Simply telling a coworker is not be enough. You should always go to a supervisor, manager, or owner and let them know you were injured while working for their company.

What are the consequences of failing to report a work injury?

Under Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law failure to report your injury could result in denial or delay of your claim. This could leave you responsible for medical treatment and bills all caused by your job injury.

Failure to report an injury could also result in the loss of other Workers’ Compensation benefits such as:

  • Temporary disability benefits;
  • Permanent disability benefits; and

What are the benefits of reporting a work injury?

The first benefit to reporting your work injury is put your employer on notice you need medical treatment. Once you receive the medical treatment you need, depending on the severity of your injury, weekly benefits may begin in addition to the medical benefits. These benefits should continue until a time which you have healed and are able to return to work.

If you were hurt on the job, you have rights. Contact an attorney familiar with Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law who can assist you from the very beginning to the very end of the Workers’ Compensation process. Call 601-202-1111 today.

Pepper & Odom Law Firm
571 US-51
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Original Content by: Attorney Joey Franks of The Franks Law Firm