If you’ve been injured at work you should immediately tell your boss or supervisor, even if the injury seems minor to start with. Reporting it simply lets them know that something has happened. You should tell them in writing so that you have a record of it and can refer back to it if you need to. This means that you will be able to say for sure what date and time the injury happened. Writing can be by text message, email or incident report. If you hand your employer an incident report, make sure you take a copy of it so that both you and your boss have identical copies, taking a copy is as easy as taking a photo of the document with your phone.
When you report the injury, you should ask your boss to let WorkCover know so that they have a record of it as well. This makes it a lot easier for you if you need to make a claim later on. Unfortunately, some injuries take some time before the person knows how bad they are, and this is why you should always report all injuries no matter how big or small.
A worker will only be covered for injuries that happen at work or in the course of your work duties such as travelling to or from work, on your lunch break or during your workday. If you haven’t reported the injury when it happens, the boss won’t be sure that it did happen at work, so reporting it is your best proof of when, where, how and why the injury happened.
You should also see your GP as soon as you can so that they also have a record of the injury, how it occurred and how it is affecting you. They will also be able to refer you for scans, physiotherapy or other treatment so that the injury can be attended to as soon as possible.
If you aren’t able to work because of the injury, then you are likely to be entitled to worker’s compensation through WorkCover Queensland and this is why all injuries should also be reported to them.
Rowena Ferrall – Legal Practitioner Director