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What Should I Do If My Employer Does Not Report a Workplace Accident? 

  • Published: October 14, 2021

Employers have a duty to provide a reasonably safe working environment for their employees. However, there are still several thousand work-related accidents that occur in the United States each year. If you have been injured at work, one of the most important first steps you should take is to make sure the accident has been reported. 

KCNS Law Group is a team of experienced worker’s compensation lawyers helping victims in California make sure they are appropriately compensated for the injuries they have suffered. It is your employer’s responsibility to report a workplace accident to the Department of Labor. If your employer does not report your accident, it is up to you to take action to ensure you are awarded the worker’s compensation benefits you may be owed. 

What to Do if Your Employer Will Not Report Your Workplace Accident

In California, you must report a workplace accident to your employer up to 30 days after the accident occurs. From there, it is up to your employer to report your accident in order to allow you to receive the worker’s compensation benefits you are owed. The quicker you report the incident to your employer, the sooner they will be able to get your claim to the Department of Labor. If it has been some time since you reported the incident to your employer and you have not heard anything regarding worker’s compensation benefits, you should check in with your employer to make sure they have either filed or plan to file your claim.  

If your employer does not report your workplace accident, you should reach out to the California Department of Labor and Workforce Development. From there, they will help you through the process of filing the correct forms, typically a WC-14, to help you in the process of getting the compensation you are owed. Additionally, it is crucial that you contact a California worker’s compensation lawyer who may be able to help with your claim. 

What Worker’s Compensation Benefits are You Entitled to in California?

Under California law, workers who are injured while on the job are entitled to receive the following worker’s compensation benefits:

  • Medical Care: Medical expenses can skyrocket when a person is recovering from a damaging injury. It is crucial that workers who were injured on the job are compensated for any medical costs they may incur due to their injury. 
  • Temporary Disability: A person should be compensated for the loss of pay they will suffer while recovering. 
  • Permanent Disability: If the injuries suffered by the worker are permanent and leave them with chronic pain or disabilities, they should be compensated for their inability to work. 
  • Job Displacement Benefits: If the worker has to be retrained for their job, they should be compensated for their training time. 

If you need help obtaining the worker’s compensation benefits you may be owed, an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer may be able to assist you. 

Get Help from a California Worker’s Compensation Lawyer

The workplace should be a safe place, but accidents may occur when they are least expected. If you have been in a workplace accident that your employer will not report, get help with your claim from a California worker’s compensation lawyer

KCNS Law Group has over 40 years of combined experience helping clients seeking worker’s compensation benefits in California. Our award-winning legal team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized and dedicated representation you deserve. To set up a free consultation, contact us here or call (877) 513-9007. 

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