When to Report a Work Injury to Your Employer

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Date: December 1, 2023

Work injuries happen when we least expect them. A machine stops functioning properly, wet floors create slippery conditions, a tripping hazard goes unrecognized, and the next thing you know, you’re in the hospital with a serious injury and a steep bill. So, what injuries should be reported and when?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that recordable injuries include any work-related fatality, injuries requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, and any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job. Other recordable instances also include any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.

It is best to report the injury as soon as possible to your employer. Although you may not believe an injury to be serious at the time, it is always best to report it as soon as it occurs. Oftentimes, workers sustain what they believe to be a small injury, but if not evaluated and treated correctly, the injury could be more severe. It never hurts to let your employers know.

Hurt At Work? Let a Workers Comp Attorney at DLP Law Help You

Work injuries happen all the time. If you or someone you know has suffered a work-related injury, reach out to Dougherty Leventhal and Price today. Our skilled attorneys are here to help. Remember…Injury? Call DLP. (570) C-A-L-L-D-L-P.


“Recordkeeping – Overview.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov/recordkeeping. Accessed 15 Oct. 2023.

Julia Kourpas