Injures and accidents happen at work all the time. The issue is often that they can cover a wide spectrum of severity. Depending on your job, you may be at risk of everything from a bad paper cut to loss of limb or even death. Not every injury that you sustain at work will need to have a claim filed through the North Carolina Industrial Commission, but it can be difficult and confusing to figure out what issues do warrant the paperwork. While we always say that you should err on the side of caution, there are a few parameters that you should use to decide whether or not you want to report the injury to your superiors. With any injury, no matter what size or type, it is important to make sure it is properly treated. Whether that means some peroxide and a simple bandage or a splint and a trip to the hospital. However, one of these doesn't necessarily need to be reported. If your injury is from something like a paper cut or accidentally poking yourself with a staple, you can simply treat it and forget it. However, if your injury requires more medical attention than a quick grab from a first aid kit, you should probably say something. Severe cuts, especially ones that may require stitches, should always be brought to the attention of your supervisor. Any time you sprain or break a bone on the job, you should definitely let your higher-ups know. If you damage a tendon or ligament, you're going to want to tell your boss. Anything that can impact how you work, even if only for a day or two, should always be brought to their attention. If it is something that requires outside medical assistance, a claim should be filed. Again, it is generally better to report instead of let the injury get worse without having the paperwork already in motion. If you aren't sure whether or not you should file a claim for your injury, or if you're having trouble with your claim, give Collier Law Firm a call. We can help you every step of the way and will make sure that we do everything within our power to get you the compensation that you deserve. Give us a call and let us fight for your compensation while you focus on recovering from whatever your injury may be!