Workers' Compensation Problems with Reporting Policies

Workers' Compensation Problems with Reporting Policies

Workers' Compensation Problems with Reporting Policies

If you have been reading this blog for a little while, you will know that you should always submit an injury claim as quickly as possible. In fact, we always suggest at least a report as soon as the injury happens. While this is going to be the best thing that you can do for yourself, it isn’t always what happens. After all, how many times have you bumped your head or closed your hand in a door at work and thought nothing of it. After all, it happens all the time. I hit my hand earlier when I tried to grab something out of the refrigerator. We normally don’t even think to tell another person about it. What happens, however, when your company policy mandates that you file a report immediately? It may not be as good as you think.

    In fact, the Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against U.S. Steel Corp due to a policy such as this. The rule in the company is that any injury that is sustained must be reported immediately. This sounds like a great idea, however not every injury is immediately apparent. The main issue was that U.S. Steel Corp took disciplinary action against a couple of workers that delayed writing up a report after an injury.

    One that many of us probably would have been guilty of was the case of the splinter. A utility technician in Pennsylvania found a splinter in his thumb and, thinking nothing of it, removed it and went back to work. After two days, however, he felt extreme pain and noticed his thumb began to swell. He went to the doctor for it and was given antibiotics. He then reported the injury to his employer and was suspended for five days without pay for not immediately stating that he had gotten a splinter when it first occurred.

    Always be sure to check your company’s injury reporting policy. I know that I would not have thought much about a splinter at work, but for some companies you do need to report every single thing. If you have been injured at work, then call Collier for your free consultation and see what we can do to help you get the compensation you deserve. No matter what the injury, we will be sure to fight for you!