Why You Shouldn't Wait to Report a Work Injury

If you work in the fields of construction, manufacturing, shipping, repair, transportation, or service, then you’re much more likely to experience an injury at work. And if you do experience an injury, you should have us look at it as soon as possible. 

At Advanced Care Specialists in Racine, Wisconsin, we’re here to cover all of your medical needs. And, we’re also skilled in treating work injuries and in compiling paperwork on your injuries for you to use in court.

There are many health and legal ramifications to not reporting an injury right away. In this blog, we detail what those ramifications are. 

For medical reasons 

With injuries, you may not always feel the pain right away. You can walk away from an accident at work and start to experience symptoms, such as back pain, neck pain, dizziness, or confusion, hours or even days later. 

Accidents often happen due to overexertion, contact with equipment and materials, and falls. And falls can result in serious injuries, such as concussions, which can even be fatal if left untreated. So it’s very important that you report your injury and get seen by us as soon as you can. We treat a wide range of injuries, including the following:

The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help you get well.

For legal reasons

In addition to medical ramifications, waiting to file your claim can also lead to legal ramifications. It’s important that you get your injuries documented because these documents will be needed if you have to file a case for compensation and lost wages in court. It can make it very difficult for you in court if you don’t get medical help until days after your injury. 

Also, your employer will have their own deadline for reporting your work injury. Some employers even require you to report an injury within 24 hours. So it’s really best for your court case that you report your injury to your employer right after it happens.

Failing to report your accident on time can also lead to disciplinary actions or even termination on the part of your employer if you don’t follow your company’s protocols and guidelines. Your health insurance carrier may also try to deny your claim for covering medical care. 

If you get injured at work, it’s important to report your injury right away, and it’s important for you to get seen and treated, if needed, by one of our physicians. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Advanced Care Specialists today.

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