When should I tell my employer about my injury?

Employees sometimes hesitate to report injuries to their employers out of fear of retaliation. Are you afraid that your employer might fire you, demote you or fail to promote you if you tell the truth about your injury occurring on the job? This may be a concern especially in the case of a progressive condition such as the development of back pain over time. It may also be the case if you believe your injury such as a stubbed toe is minor, and you wish to avoid "causing trouble" by reporting it.

In fact, one of your responsibilities in a workplace injury case is to report the injury to your employer as soon as it happens or as soon as you are aware of it. Do not "wait and see if you feel better" after hitting your head on a doorway or cutting yourself with a tool at a construction site. Your workers' compensation claim could be denied if you failed to report the injury as required, in a timely manner.

If you are concerned about not saying or doing anything that could jeopardize your workers' compensation claim, you are doing the right thing by looking for a workers' comp lawyer. At Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law in Chattanooga, we offer free initial consultations to people injured at work. Contact us to schedule a consultation with an attorney.

We can advise you on how to protect yourself from retaliatory discharge and how to get your workers' compensation claim underway. But make no mistake: You must tell your employer about the injury promptly.


For answers to very good questions about injuries on the job such as "When should I tell my employer about my injury?" call or email us. Meet with a Tennessee workers' compensation attorney at your convenience.