Scranton Moosic Work Injury Lawyer- Thomas P. Cummings- Workers Compensation

Date: June 18, 2015
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Question: I injured myself at work. My boss was with me at the time. He told me to take a few weeks off and see how I felt. He has continued to pay my regular wages even though I’m not working. I asked him about medical treatment. He told me to see the doctor and he’d pay the medical bills. He also told me that I should not tell the doctor this is work-related since he doesn’t want his workers comp premium to increase. I like my job and I like my boss but I just feel funny about this. What should I do? Anonymous

Answer: My simple advice is this: tell the truth. It sounds like your boss may mean well. But failing to report a work injury to the workers compensation carrier is dangerous business. When you see the doctor you should be sure to give him a complete and truthful history of your work injury. If you tell the doctor your condition is not work-related and your boss decides to stop paying your wages and your medical bills, you will be in a tough position. Your boss purchased workers compensation insurance to protect his business and to provide you with the appropriate remedies if you are injured at work. You should have your boss contact his insurance carrier and report the injury immediately.

If you’ve suffered a work injury and have questions about your claim, contact me at tcummings@dlplaw.com or call (570) 347-1011 for a free consultation.

 

 

Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column. 

 

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.