I injured my cervical spine at work last April 2008. I never filed a W/C claim or injury/incident report because I thought it was something I could manage on my own using my health insurance. I did however tell the E.R. doctor and all the other doctors involved that it happened at work . My boss and coworkers are all aware that it happened at work as well. I was out of work for a month, went back on light duty for 6 weeks and was out again for nearly 3 months. I went back part time a few months ago and now my symptoms are getting worse. I am currently out again until god knows how long.
I am confused about what my options are. Am I eligible to claim W/C this far into the injury and without ever filing any claim this far? My employer has been really good about all the time I have had to take off, but I am not sure if there are alterior motives behind that. I have tried to be a good employee as they are a great company to work for. I feel like I am letting my coworkers down every time I am out with pain and on pain meds. As a nurse there is no way I can go to work on pain meds. Did I screw myself for trying to be prudent?