What Do I Tell My Boss After I’ve Been Injured?
What should you do at work after you have been injured in an accident? It can be hard to determine. Follow this advice to help you through.
1. Provide documentation of your injuries
The best thing you can do for your employer is to provide the proper paperwork. If you miss work because of injuries sustained in a car accident or slip and fall, bring a note from a medical professional stating that you were seeking medical treatment or that you are unable to work. If you can perform part of your job responsibilities but not others, a note from a doctor can provide clarification and instructions for your employer.
2. Be professional and courteous
Although you are the one with injuries, it will help you get more latitude from your employer if you remain professional and courteous while asking for time off or accommodation of your injury. Your employer is much more likely to help you if you understand that your injury may put him or her between a rock and a hard place.
3. Know the rules of your workplace
Different companies of different sizes have many different policies for dealing with injured employees. If your company has a human resources department, it would not hurt to check in, ask about the policy for employees missing work, and find out what kind of documentation they need. If your company is small, have a similar conversation with your boss.
4. Apply for lost wages as part of settlement
If your injury affects your job, you can and should ask for lost wages compensation as part of your settlement. In fact, you can receive lost wages compensation from your own insurance policy under the PIP coverage.