If you injured your back on the job there are several steps you should take. The first and most important step is to immediately notify your employer of your back injury.   Though you can notify them verbally of your back injury, you should send a written notice within 30 days of the injury so that there is no dispute on whether you timely notified your employer.  It is not enough to tell your coworkers that you are injured.    You must tell someone in a position of authority, such as a supervisor, manager, human resources representative or the owner of the business. Many employers require that you fill out “in-house” accident forms and reports.  Make sure you review what they write down and request copies to maintain for your records.  If the employer report is not accurate, you can write a letter disputing those portions that are factually incorrect.

If you are a member of a union, also contact your union representative.  They can be an ally in protecting your legal rights and making sure your employer does not take any adverse employment actions against you for getting hurt on the job.

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