What happens if I don’t report a work injury?


LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS MOTTAZ | What happens if I don’t report a work injury?

A Minnesota workers’ compensation claim starts with reporting an injury. So, what happens if I don’t report a work injury? By not reporting an injury to your employer after it happens you can harm your chances of getting benefits now and in the future.

The first step in any workers’ compensation claim is to report an injury.  The purpose of the  requirement is to allow the employer the ability to render immediate medical attention in the hope of minimizing the seriousness of the injury and permitting the employer to investigate the claim soon after the injury.

It is important to keep in mind that when you file a claim for workers’ compensation it is a claim against the employer’s insurance, not the employer directly. Even if you decide you want to put it under your own health insurance, you may run into problems including:

  • If you use your regular health insurance instead, and your insurance discovers this, they may stop paying and request payment.
  • If you use your regular insurance, there may be limits to the treatment you can have. Although workers’ compensation may have certain limitations, you would not be responsible for co-pays under workers’ compensation.
  • If you change your mind later, it might be too late. Under the law, you are to report your injury within 30 days in most circumstances. Failure to report your injury timely can be a complete bar to benefits.

Although your reasons to not report the injury may be legitimate, it is important to follow the law and report your injury to the employer.  Keep in mind the following:

  • Report your injury to your supervisor.
  • Ask to fill our an incident report, if one is not supplied make sure to keep track of who you reported the injury to.
  • Ask for copies of the incident report and/or First Report of Injury.

The insurance company knows your rights, do you?  Talk to a Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyer today by calling (855) 354-2667.  It is a free consultation and there is no obligation to retain a lawyer.  You can discuss your case with a lawyer and obtain the advice you need to get your life back on track.

(855) 354-2667
3340 Northdale Blvd. NW, #140
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: (763) 421-8226
Fax: (763) 421-8362




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