What should you do if your boss refuses to file an accident report?
Not sure what to do in the event of an accident at work? Your boss doesn’t want to file your accident report? Keep reading this blog to learn what to do in these situations and avoid the commonly made mistakes in this process.
If you have an accident at work, it is normal for you to be compensated following an established process, but what if your boss refuses to enter the accident report, thus denying your compensation?
The first thing you should do is report the accident verbally and in writing, following your workplace’s established process and describing all the details (the date, time, injury, and place). You must report the accident within the stipulated time to avoid incurring future problems and thus expedite your compensation.
It is important to note that you must report ALL injuries, from the most serious to the minor ones. This is done to prevent a higher expense than expected if your injuries become complicated.
Second, you should contact the workers’ compensation board in your state of residence to guide you through the process to follow. You must always know in depth all the forms and keep backup copies. Never sign an unfamiliar form without first reading and understanding it.
If you have gone through the entire process to receive your compensation, but your boss still refuses to file the accident form, you have the right as an employee to demand that the accident report be entered and then have a resolution.
After the accident report has been filed, your boss can defend himself if:
- your injury did not require medical attention,
- it did not require time off from work
- if the accident did not occur at work
- if you filed a form with false information
- or if you did not notify your boss of the accident within the established time.
Contact a lawyer specialized in the subject to demand your rights and receive the compensation you deserve for a work accident.