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What if My Employer Did Not Report My Injury?
When you file for workers compensation, your employer has certain obligations to you. One of those obligations is reporting your injury to the proper workers compensation officials to get your claim for benefits moving.
But what if your employer did not report your injury? This can be a tough situation because your employer is the liaison between you and the insurance company at this point in the process.
Fortunately, you still have a chance to get your compensation. A lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can get you answers and provide the legal guidance this situation calls for.
Your Employer’s Reporting Obligations
In Iowa, once you’ve been injured and have told your employer about your intention to seek workers comp benefits, your employer has a short span of time to act. He or she has only four days to file your first report of injury to notify the insurance company, which will review your case.
Filing the report doesn’t guarantee that you’ll receive benefits, but it is a requirement for any injuries or fatalities in the workplace. Even after this initial report, your employer will have several follow-up reports to handle, such as the following:
- A report issued when your benefits begin
- Annual reports on your case
- A final report when your case is closed
Consequences of Failing to Report
When your employer fails to report your injury through the proper channels, you have legal recourse. Purposefully neglecting to report your injury could be considered a “bad faith” practice. By failing to report your injury, your employer is interfering with the workers comp process, which is meant to protect injured workers from financial hardship.
By violating your workers compensation rights, your employer is causing you harm, and you deserve compensation. A qualified lawyer can help you hold your employer accountable and make sure you get the work comp benefits you’re owed.
An Attorney Can Help You Get Justice
Unfortunately, your employers may not be as concerned about your health and safety as you are, and they may fail to report your injury. If this is your situation, you still have a chance to get what you deserve.
At Pothitakis Law Firm, PC, we know how serious a problem failure to report an injury is, and we’re ready to fight for the compensation you need. If you’re concerned because your employer didn’t report your injury, it’s probably time to call a lawyer.
For help dealing with your employer’s lack of reporting, call us at 1-866-753-4692 or fill out the online contact form below for a free consultation.