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Minor work injury? You should still file an injury report

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2019 | Firm News, workers' compensation |

We will begin this blog post with a hypothetical scenario. You are working hard at your job when you trip over a piece of debris or equipment. You fall and hit your head on the hard floor. Other than feeling a little lightheaded for a moment, you appear to be just fine. Should you go on about your work or stop for a moment to file an injury report?

Most dedicated workers in the Omaha region would simply shake off their initial symptoms — as minor as they are — and carry on with their tasks. Although this is an understandable response when you feel okay after an accident, it is vital to go ahead and file an injury or incident report.

You already know that workers’ compensation provides you with invaluable benefits when an occupational injury takes you away from your job. The program will replace a portion of the income you lose and will cover your medical bills as well. Still, for a minor incident, reporting doesn’t seem like a big deal, and you probably don’t want to cause undue hardships for your employer.

What if you begin to experience delayed symptoms indicating that the “minor” bump on your head is worse than it seemed at first? To get the treatment necessary for recovery, you must report the injury and file a workers’ compensation claim. However, the longer you delay, the more complicated your claim could become.

Many work injuries can have a significant delay in symptoms. Even something as minor as a strained muscle can worsen as time goes by. As workers’ compensation lawyers serving Nebraska residents, we urge employees to report all accidents and injuries. It is not just your right to do so, it is the very best way to ensure your case proceeds smoothly.

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