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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know About Your Injury and Reporting It

The purpose of Workers Compensation law is to compensate workers who were injured as a result of their workplace injuries. For the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to process the claim, it must be notified within two years of when the injury occurred, or two years after the death of an employee if the worker’s death was caused by a workplace accident. If the worker contracted a disease from the workplace, there are special rules regarding how long the worker has to file. The injury can be reported by the worker, the worker’s employer, or the worker’s representative, such as an attorney or doctor.

Although a worker has two years to file his or her injury with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the worker should NOT delay in filing a claim. The longer it takes to file a claim, the harder it is to prove the injury arose during the course of employment. However, it may take months before symptoms develop from a workplace injury. A claim should be filed as soon as the worker suspects the injury resulted from work.

There are two common types of workplace injuries:

1. An injury directly caused by the workplace. Example: A worker falls and injures her knee.

2. An aggravation of a previously existing injury. Example: A worker with osteoarthritis falls and injures her knee. Because of her fall, the osteoarthritis is worsened. If the injury occurred after August 25, 2006, the aggravation must be “substantial.”

It should also be noted that a workplace injury does not have to result from a single incident. It may be that the workplace injury occurs over time. A common example is a “repetitive motion” injury, where conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome develop due to performing the same repetitive motion injury.

If you believe you have a workplace injury, you should contact legal counsel right away to report your claim. 


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