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Why teachers might not report an injury

You can suffer an injury on the job in all types of professions and qualify for worker's compensation. Not all workers report their injuries, though, and as the United Federation of Teachers points out, those who work in schools and who sustain an injury on the job should immediately let a supervisor know about it. Furthermore, the injured parties should go see a doctor when possible.

However, many teachers keep silent. Here is a look at some reasons why.

Underestimating the impact of the injury

An injury may seem minor, so a teacher might decide it is not worth reporting. For example, a teacher might strain her back while breaking up a fight between two students. It is only a week or two later when she wakes up with a stiff back that she realizes she could be in for a difficult recovery.

Not wanting to create conflict

Many members of the public perceive teachers as happy people who deal cheerfully with setbacks. Teachers may be reluctant to report injuries that they think they should just accept as a cost of doing their job. This can be especially prevalent at schools where teachers see others suffering injuries and not reporting them. Thus, teachers can feel like they are not being "team players" and are creating conflict and even putting themselves at risk of termination by reporting something. They might also not want to get students in trouble or have to reveal the extent of an incident's seriousness.

Accepting fault

Teachers might also feel that an injury was their fault and that the school system should not be on the hook for something they did. For instance, a teacher might have tried to break up a fight without waiting for another teacher to arrive to help. However, worker's compensation does not consider personal negligence or fault. Teachers deserve all the help and compensation they can get to recover from an injury and its associated costs.


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