I’m hurt at work…now what?
One of the most common defenses the insurance carrier will raise when an injured employer makes a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits is that the employer did not have timely notice that an accident occurred. Therefore, it is extremely important for an injured worker to report an injury directly to their supervisor immediately after it occurred. Although notice orally given is generally sufficient, it is best to provide a written account of the accident and injury. If notice cannot be given immediately, it MUST be given within 30 days from the date of the accident. If the employer does not receive notice that an employee was injured within 30 days from the date of the injury, the injured worker’s claim for benefits is likely to be time-barred. Once an employer is on notice, an employee has two years to commence a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. read more →