It might seem simple, but reporting a work injury is important. Whether you feel it is a minor annoyance at the time or if you suffer a severe work-place injury reporting it is the necessary first step. Make sure your supervisor is notified of your injury as soon as possible. You should be given a DWC 1 Claim Form to complete. If you don’t report your injury within 30 days, you could lose rights to workers’ compensation benefits. Contact RP Law Group if you have any questions.
There are two parts to reporting an injury in workers’ compensation: notifying your employer about the injury and filing a workers’ compensation claim. You file a DWC 1 Claim Form by giving it to your employer, who then will forward it on to the workers’ compensation carrier. If your employer does not give you a claim form contact RP Law Group right away. DWC 1 Claim Form Here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWCForm1.pdf
Your employer and supervisor might make it very difficult for you to report your injury by making you think that it is just a little ache that will go away or implying that you will be viewed poorly for reporting the injury, but it is your right to get medical treatment if you are injured at work. It is your body and you know it best. Let RP Law Group help you through the complex workers’ compensation system.