It’s a normal day on the job. You’re proceeding with daily activities and tasks, minding your own business, when suddenly it happens – you get hurt. You never think a work injury can happen to you, but do you know what to do if it does? Taking the appropriate steps to report your injury is critical. Protect your rights to necessary medical treatment and wages, so you can take care of yourself and your family as you recover.
When should you report a work injury?
- Immediately! It does not matter if the injury appears minor. It is in your best interest to report all injuries. In Pennsylvania, you must report your injury within 120 days to be eligible for workers’ compensation.
- If you have a work-related condition that developed over time – i.e. carpal tunnel, back pain, etc. – report it as soon as you receive a doctor’s diagnosis.
How do I report an injury?
- Your report can be written or verbally submitted – preferably written – to your direct supervisor or whoever prepares injury reports (potentially human resources or another manager). He/she will file a First Report of Injury with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
- Include the date, time and circumstances of your injury.
- Include any medical documentation that confirms your injury.
- Remember, you cannot be fired for reporting an injury in Pennsylvania – it’s the law.
What is covered under workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania?
- If you were on the job and not doing anything illegal, your injury is covered, even if you think it may be your fault.
- Job-related illnesses, repetitive trauma injuries and sudden unexpected injuries are all covered under workers’ compensation.
- Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, even if you had a pre-existing problem, such as arthritis, you may receive benefits if you can show that an aggravation, re-activation or acceleration of the condition occurred as a result of your job duties or the work incident.
Your employer and the insurance company will have an experienced lawyer on their side. It is in your best interest to have an expert in workers’ compensation on your side to help you navigate the complicated field of workers’ compensation. Fill out the form below if you or a loved one has been injured on the job.