Anytime you are injured on the job you should immediately report it to you employer. It is best to do this in writing so that both you and the employer have a written record of the accident and subsequent injury.
An injured employee should give notice to the employer within 30 days of any injury. In the case of an occupational disease, the employee should give notice within 30 days of the time the employee knows about the disability and its relation to the employment. If notice is not given within 30 days, it is still possible to give notice any time within two years of the date the injury occurred, the onset of the disease, or the date the worker first realized that such injury or disease was work related. The twoyear limit does not apply if the employer knew or should have known of the injury. The longer you wait to report and injury to your employer, the more risk you may take in the claim being denied.
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