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Q. 6. How should a work-related injury or disease be reported for purposes of workers' compensation?

It is your responsibility to report an injury or disease to your employer as soon as possible. The report should include an explanation of the time, place and type of injury. The notice must contain an explanation as to how the injury occurred and how it was work-related. Although verbal notice is legally sufficient, it is best if the notice is in writing. You should retain a photocopy of the notice.

You should give as much information as possible to your employer regarding the circumstances surrounding the injury. The report may be given to the employer by you or by someone acting on your behalf.

There are two (2) time limits which are strictly enforced:

1. Notice given more than 120 days from the date of injury will likely preclude workers’ compensation benefits; and

2. You must give notice within 21 days from the date of injury in Pennsylvania in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits from the first day of injury.

If you do not give notice until the 22nd day after the injury occurred, you will only receive workers’ compensation benefits from that date on. If notice is given within 21 days, however, you will receive benefits from the first day of injury.

If you have questions and would like to discuss a work injury or workers’ compensation claim with us, please feel free to call Willig, Williams & Davidson and its work injury lawyers at 1-866-413-COMP (2667) or 1-215-656-3600.

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