5 Things To Avoid Saying After a Work Injury

Here are seven things you should avoid saying if you want your workplace injury to be taken seriously and get the benefits you deserve.

Being injured at work can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. You may be worried about your job, your finances, your health, and what the future holds. 

an injured worker is assisted by another employee

However, it’s important to remember that you have rights as an injured worker. One of those rights is to have your employer take your injury seriously. Unfortunately, there are some things that you can say that will make your employer less likely to do so.

Here are seven things you should avoid saying if you want your workplace injury to be taken seriously and get the benefits you deserve.

“I’m Fine.”

This is probably the most common thing that injured workers say to their employers – and it’s also the worst thing you can say. If you’re in pain, or if you think your injury is serious, don’t try to downplay it by saying that you’re fine. Your employer may think or later claim that you are trying to take advantage of the situation or that your injuries are not as serious as they actually are.

“It’s Just a Little Pain.”

Pain is not a sign of weakness. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you are in pain, it is important to let your employer know. Telling them that it is “just a little pain” minimizes your injuries and makes it less likely that your employer will take them seriously.

“I Don’t Need to See a Doctor.”

You may be tempted to tough it out and try to “walk off” your injuries. However, this is not a good idea. Remember, even minor injuries can become serious if they are not properly treated. That said, it’s important to have your injuries evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. This will not only help you to get the treatment you need, but it will also provide documentation of your injuries which can be important if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim.

“I Can Still Work.”

Perhaps you’re a star employee, always there when needed, and never one to shy away from a little extra work. Add that to the fear of missing work due to your financial situation, and it’s easy to see how you may claim that you can still work despite your injury. However, if you have been injured at work, it’s important to spend the necessary time recovering. Trying to push through the pain is not only dangerous, but it can also make your injuries worse and impact your workers’ compensation claim.

“It’s Not Worth Mentioning.”

This couldn’t be further from the truth. All workplace injuries are worth mentioning to your employer, no matter how minor they may seem. If you don’t report an injury, you may not be able to get the treatment you need, and you could miss out on important benefits, like workers’ compensation.

Keep these things in mind if you’ve been injured at work. And, if you have any questions about your rights or what to do after a workplace accident, speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at The Law Office of James. M. Hoffman. We can evaluate your claim for free and ensure that your rights are protected.

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