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How Long After An Injury Do I Have To Report It To My Employer?

If you are injured you should report the injury to your employer immediately. It is then your employer`s responsibility a report with the state Division of Labor Disability Compensation Division accepting or denying liability. The employer must do this within seven days of you giving notice to them if there was lost time or the injury required medical care beyond ordinary first aid. You should also tell your doctor of the claim so that the doctor will file the proper report with the Department of Labor.

The employee must file an actual claim for benefits with the Department of Labor within two years from the date at which the effects of the injury or disability first became known and five years from the accident. This time may be longer in cases of certain toxic exposures.