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Workers Comp - Injured Worker’s Must Report Injuries to their Employer

Posted by Britt Simon on Nov 19 2014

New Jersey Workers' Compensation - Worker’s Must Report Injuries to their Employer

If you are injured on the job in New Jersey, it is extremely important that you notify your employer as

soon as possible about the injury. Under the law, an injured employee must inform his or her employer

within 14 days of the accident, or risk forfeiting Worker’s Compensation benefits for that injury. The

important aspect of this rule is that the employer must have knowledge of the injury within 14 days,

but it is not required that the injured worker reports it. A co-worker, family member, supervisor, or

anyone with knowledge of the injury can report the accident, meeting the requirement. However, it

is important to protect your rights and ensure the employer is notified and the injury is documented

within the 14 day limit.

Depending on the severity of the injuries, an injured worker may be entitled to compensation for

permanent injuries that will impact their ability to work for the rest of their lives. However, just as

there is a 14 day requirement to notify your employer of the injury, an injured worker with a claim for

permanent injuries must file a claim within 2 years of the injury. Failure to do so within that time frame

will result in a loss of a permanency claim. To protect your rights and ensure possible claims are not

lost, it is very important that you contact an attorney with knowledge of the worker’s compensation

system as early as possible.

Contact us today for your free consultation with a NJ Workers' Compensation Attorney or Work Injury Lawyer  800-709-1131.

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