MIKE GRUHIN - The Ohio Comp Specialist - I Got Hurt at Work but didn't file an injury report
I got hurt at work but didn't file an injury report, can I still file an Ohio Workers' Compensation Claim? The answer is yes, but you need to do the following:
In Ohio, in most cases, you have two (2) years from the date of injury to file your Workers' Compensation claim. Under all circumstances, if you have been injured on the job, you should contact a Board Certified Ohio Workers' Compensation Specialist to discuss your injury claim.
So, what if you didn't fill out an injury report? What can you do to 'prove' the job injury?
If you went directly to an urgent care or a hospital ER, that will be an item of proof that you were injured. The longer you wait until you get medical attention, the more difficult your claim will be. When injured on the job, it is important to tell all medical care providers that you were hurt at work, what you were doing, and how you were injured.
Additionally, see if any of your co-workers saw the injury or heard you 'cry out' when you were injured. If so, ask your co-worker to write out a simple statement as to what happened, what they saw or heard. Have the co-worker sign the statement.
In claims where injury forms were not filled out, the employer will usually contest the claim. You should hire a Certified Specialist to represent you in your work comp claim. The sooner you take these steps the better your chance of winning your claim will be.
Your claim is not 'ruined' just because you didn't complete a work injury incident report , but call now, there are time limits.
In the event you are involved in a non-reported Ohio work injury, or any other type of Ohio job accident, a Board Certified Ohio Workers' Compensation Specialist Attorney should be contacted for immediate legal advice. There are time limits, so protect yourself and call now.
This article by M Gruhin