Q: Am i required to first let my employer know I've been injured before I file a claim? Can I get penalized?
A: First thing you should do whenever an injury occurs at work is report the injury to your employer. That is number one priority. You have 20 days to report the injury to get benefits back to day you stopped working. If you do not report the injury within 120 days your claim will be barred. Just report it ASAP!
A: You are required to notify your employer of a work injury within 120 days of the injury or you lose your right to pursue the claim. If you do not notify your employer within 21 days of the injury, you lose your right to wage loss before the date of notice. So, it is to your advantage to notify the employer as soon as possible. You can, if you so choose, notify your employer by filing the Claim Petition and serving them with a copy of the Claim Petition.
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