It is imperative that the Workers Comp claim is filed but once that is done, you can also take sick days. Because you are not eligible for workers’ compensation for the first seven days of missed work for a short-term leave (less than 21 days), you may want to take those initial days as sick days so you still receive income from the company. However (and this is very important!) be sure to document your injury with a doctor right away and be certain that your employer files the paperwork for a workers’ comp claim (and you get a copy). It is absolutely imperative that your employer reports your Workers’ Comp claim because unless you have a crystal ball to predict the future, no one knows for sure how long you will be out of work or if your injury will reoccur.