It is critical that you tell your employer that you were hurt and that it was at or caused by your job. If for some reason you cannot give notice yourself, make sure that you have have someone, on your behalf, notify your employer about what happened.
The reasons for prompt and definite notice of a work-related injury is are numerous:
1. The law requires that you give notice of an injury to your employer within 120 days of the date you were injured or 120 days of the date you discovered your injury. If you fail to do this, you lose your right to recover benefits.
2. The law holds that if you give notice within 21 days of the date of injury, your workers' compensation benefits are payable from the first day of your disability. If you give notice after 21 days but before 120 days from the injury then your compensation is payable from the date you gave notice.
3. Prompt notice gives your injury credibility in the eyes of your employer. If you wait an extended period of time before saying anything about your injury, your employer is going to be more skeptical about the relatedness of the injury. As a result, there is a higher risk in such a situation that the employer will deny benefits and make you file a claim petition.
If you are hurt at work, don't be a hero. Notify your employer immediately. If you don't, the road to recovery only becomes that much tougher. Share this post :