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Don't delay: Timely reporting of workplace injuries helps workers

In a recent issue of the publication Business Insurance, an article described how sharply medical costs can rise when employees delay putting in a claim for workers' compensation. Because this publication is written for employers and insurers, the focus is on how to help them save money. But it's also important for Coachella Valley employees to understand that it can be in their best interests as well to file timely workers' comp claims.

Why? Because there is evidence that shows that if you delay reporting your workplace injury, the conditions of your injury can worsen. You could very well experience more pain and have a longer recuperation because of the delay.

Some employers have workplace policies that punish employees for delayed injury reporting. That can have unintended effect, experts say, causing workers to delay reporting even more out of fear of punishment.

A vice president at a Riverside, California, claims management company said, "You don't want injured workers to feel like they somehow have to hide if an injury occurred because they for some reason missed this mandatory reporting period."

Businesses are concerned about the delays in reporting because it costs them money. A recent study showed that workers' comp costs soared up to 51 percent with delays.

Our concern comes from a different perspective: we want you to get the medical care you need when you need it. That care begins when you report your injury to your Rancho Mirage employer.

If your workers' comp claim is for some reason denied, you can appeal the denial with the assistance of an attorney dedicated to helping workers get the benefits you need and deserve.

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