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

You should notify your employer immediately if you have a job related injury. The longer you wait to inform your employer, the higher the risk of your claim being denied. Under no circumstances should you wait longer than 30 days to inform your employer or benefits will be denied.

Under California law, your Employee`s Claim For Workers` Compensation Benefits form (form DWC­1) and the Application for Adjudication of Claim (mediation) must be filed within one year from the date of injury. If the insurance company has provided benefits or paid benefits, your claim must be filed within five years of the date of injury. Death benefits have a one­year time limit from the date of death. Time Limitations begin to start from the date of your accident and there are some exceptions to these rules for specific or traumatic injuries or for situations where the employer does not notify you of your rights.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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