Taking time off work to deal with an unexpected injury can cause a lot of stress and financial uncertainty. You will want to secure supplemental income as soon as possible.
Workers’ compensation benefits can alleviate some of the financial burdens of lost income, but only when you promptly inform your employer of the situation. Here is what you should tell your boss about your injury.
Date and time
When telling your employer what happened to you, including the date and time of your injury. Try to provide a complete timeline that describes your actions leading up to the injury. Providing some context can improve your employer’s understanding of the situation.
Waiting too long to say anything to your employer could jeopardize your benefits. Most employers require that you report your injury within 30 days of it happening. Your vigilance in complying with deadlines can help you avoid costly consequences.
Events and outcome
You will also want to describe what happened in detail. Include information about any equipment you used, the environment and any hazards that you believe contributed to your injury. According to U.S. News, you will also want to disclose what type of injury you sustained. You can include supportive documents from your health care provider that describe the type of treatment you received and the likelihood of you recovering completely.
Workers’ compensation benefits can do a lot to support you financially, as well as help you prepare to return to work. Getting what you need requires you to collaborate with your employer and follow the protocols for securing your benefits.