Reporting a workplace injury promptly is crucial when it comes to securing workers’ compensation benefits.
Delaying the reporting of an injury can lead to complications, potential claim denials and prolonged suffering for the injured worker.
Immediate reporting is key
The moment an employee sustains a workplace injury, they should inform their employer as soon as possible. First and foremost, timely reporting allows the employer to provide prompt medical assistance, which can be critical for preventing the injury from worsening. Furthermore, it helps document the injury accurately, as fresh memories and details are more likely to be precise.
Missouri has a legal timeframe
In Missouri, the law stipulates that workers must report their workplace injuries to their employer within 30 days of the incident or the date they became aware of the injury’s connection to their job. This timeframe is important for ensuring that injured workers can access the benefits they need promptly. However, there are exceptions, such as injuries that develop gradually due to repetitive stress or exposure to harmful conditions. In such cases, the timeframe may extend to 30 days from the date the worker becomes aware of the injury’s connection to their job.
Early reporting offers other benefits
Timely reporting also benefits the injured worker by ensuring they receive the financial support they need during their recovery. Workers’ compensation benefits often include medical expenses, wage replacement and rehabilitation costs. By reporting promptly, injured employees can expedite receiving these essential benefits.
The sooner an injured worker reports a workplace injury to their employer, the better their chances of receiving timely and adequate workers’ compensation benefits. Considering that 4.9 million claims happen each year, any delays could lead to complications.