What you do after an accident at work could decide whether or not you receive workers' compensation benefits. Here are some guidelines on what course of action to take:
- Immediately report any work-related injury or illness to a supervisor. You have a 120-day window to inform your employer of a work-related personal injury. Similarly, you have 120 days from the time you are aware that your injury or illness is work-related to notify your employer.
- If you do not report your injury within those 120 days, you are not entitled to workers' compensation benefits and the case is over. There is an exception if a case involves progressive diseases like carpal tunnel syndrome, hearing loss, or occupational disease, to name a few.
- You have three years from the date of your personal injury to file a claim petition for an injury. However, the longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to prove your claim.
If you are injured on the job and would like to find out if you can be compensated, give us a call today at 215-332-0300 or contact us online. A Philadelphia-based workers' compensation lawyer can help with any questions you may have.