Timely reporting of employee injuries is very important. A delay in reporting may holdup medical treatment to the employee, possibly aggravating the injury and extending the pain or discomfort. Additionally, a delay in reporting extends the window of opportunity for similar injuries to other staff members if the injury was caused by a defective physical object or condition or by an inadequate or missing protocol.
Based off our workers’ compensation claims, we have seen that the longer an organization waits to report a claim, the higher the cost of that claim. Many states also have reporting laws and if claims are reported late, you may incur a fee.