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Do I need to report minor work accidents and injuries to my boss?

Chances are, if you were injured while on the job in Minnesota, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Federal and state laws are designed to make sure employees have the protections they need to get benefits, treat their injuries and if possible, get back to their jobs.

But why do so many work-related injuries go unreported? Or rather, why are so many workers hesitant to bring attention to injuries?

If you were injured at work, do you know what to do next?

The truth is, many workers simply do not understand the law or the protections it offers. All too often, workers in certain industries worry about being viewed negatively by their bosses and coworkers. In other cases, workers think they can just work through an injury instead of taking time away to properly recover. There are others who are afraid of potential retaliation - such as getting fired or severely reprimanded - if they report an accident and injuries that they caused or contributed to.

There's no doubt that different injuries affect people in different ways. But workers' compensation laws exist for a reason. Furthermore, employers are required to carry workers' comp insurance for a reason. In short, if you're hurt while doing your job, report it to your boss, contact an attorney who can help you file a claim, and get the benefits you need to recover.

Accidents occur all the time incurring varying degrees of injuries. Below are a few of the most common types of work-accident injuries that are reported:

  • Back injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Arm, shoulder, wrist and hand injuries
  • Concussions and head trauma injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Herniated discs
  • Diseases caused by exposure to harmful chemicals and substances
  • Burns
  • Mental health issues such as depression

At Atkinson Gerber Law Office, we routinely assist injured workers in the Twin Cities metro and across in understanding how to properly report incidents and injuries, learn about the protections the law provides, pursue benefits, retain benefits and hopefully, help our hard working clients get back to a sense of normalcy.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, give us a call and learn how we can help you take appropriate steps toward pursuing workers' comp benefits and other forms of compensation.

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