Reporting Requirements for Occupational Injuries
Under Iowa workers’ compensation law, most employers are required to obtain a workers’ compensation insurance policy that offers financial benefits to employees in the event of an injury sustained at the workplace. To ensure that you are adequately provided for if you have been hurt in the workplace, it is important that you understand your employer’s reporting requirements. You do not want to inadvertently sacrifice your legal rights.
If you have sustained an injury on the job, then the stakes are far too high for you to risk losing out on benefits due to a procedural error. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney who can help you to obtain the benefits that you are rightfully due.
Penalties for Failure to Report
You must report your injury or illness to your employer as soon as reasonably possible, and then the responsibility lies in the hands of the company and the insurance company. For injuries that cause an employee to miss one or more days of work, the company must file an initial report with the state’s workers’ compensation commission.
The failure to properly document and report incidents can result in the following measures:
- Failure to report within 30 days can result in an order to appear before the commission
- A penalty of $1,000 for each occurrence
- The failure to pay the imposed penalties can cause a judgment to be entered against the employer
If you believe that your employer has mishandled a workplace accident, our workplace injury attorneys can help you determine what to do next.
Your employer has no obligation if you do not properly report your injury, and faces serious repercussions if it does not inform the required authorities. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.