You should immediately report any injury to you employer. Any delay in reporting the injury may prohibit you from receiving benefits. The injured employee is now required to sign the First Report. If the employee cannot sign or refuses to sign, a written explanation must be attached.
The claim must be filed with the court within one year after the accident, and the critical date is the date of the injury. This limitation begins to run at the time when the employee, by reasonable exercise of diligence and care, discovers that a work related injury has been sustained. The limitation period for repetitive stress or cumulative trauma starts on the date when the employee is no longer able to work.
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