How to Report a Work Injury

Reporting a Job Injury

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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.

 About The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act

  •  The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was created for workers injured on-the-job, or who develop a work-related illness that prevents them from working.
  • Benefits include wage loss compensation and paid medical expenses until workers can return to work.
  • These benefits are generally paid by employers through a private insurance company, the State Workers’ Insurance Fund, or by the employers themselves if they are self-insured.
  • Employers in Pennsylvania are required to maintain workers’ compensation.

 Who is covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation?

  • An employee who was injured in the state of Pennsylvania.
    • An employee is any person who performs services for another valuable consideration (money).
    • Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, some volunteers and regular subcontractors.

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. 

What is considered an injury “on-the-job” ?

  • Under the Act, all injuries that occur in the course and scope of employment and are related to your job are covered.
  • Workers’ compensation is very fact specific, so the definition of “on-the-job” can vary. Generally:
    • Injuries that occur during your working hours are covered.
    • Injuries that occur on company property during work hours are covered.
    • Injuries that occur while traveling to and from work are usually not covered.
    • If your job requires you to travel for work – i.e. driving a truck, driving to an event – your injuries may be covered.
    • If you do not have a specific location for employment, your injuries may be covered
  • Learn the differences between personal injury and workers compensation.

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.  

The benefits of having a workers’ compensation attorney

  • 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.
  • Workers’ compensation is a very technical form of law.
  • There are many forms and deadlines that must be completed properly in order to protect your rights.


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