Believing your injury isn’t serious.

Always report an accident, even if you think you are not seriously hurt. By making a record of the incident, you will make it harder for an employer or insurance company to argue that you were injured away from the workplace.

Being unable to return to the job site.

You don’t have to personally deliver an incident report or fill out the report at the place of work. Notice may be given in person or in writing by a third party such as your doctor or spouse.

Being anxious about making a mistake.

You can keep your notification short and simple, noting the date and time of the accident and the people present. If you report the incident verbally, make sure a reliable witness is present.

It’s important to note that there are many different deadlines involved in filing a workers' compensation claim. You only have a month to notify an employer of your injury, but you have up to two years to file a workers’ compensation claim. 


Robyn K. Factor
Helping Rhode Island personal injury and work injury clients get the results they deserve since 1994.