The worker’s compensation system is supposed to be pretty simple, but for a simple system, it puts in place not one, but two deadlines that an injured worker must comply with in order for their case to move forward.
This week we will talk about the first deadline – the notice deadline.
The Worker’s Compensation Act requires that you give notice of the accidental injury as soon as practicable but no later than 45 days after the injury. The notice should be given to a supervisor. It is better if it is in writing to avoid any dispute as whether you gave notice or when you gave notice.
Both deadlines have to be complied with in order for your case to proceed. There are some injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, some lifting injuries, and hernias where the injury may not be immediately obvious or its connection to your work. In that case, the right course of action is to give your company notice as soon as possible and then let the system work out whether you provided timely notice or not.
Anytime you have the company or its insurer denying coverage based on lack of proper notice, you should get skilled legal help as soon as possible.
If you have a current worker’s compensation issue which you need help on, please feel free to reach out to our office by calling us at 312-263-1080 to discuss your issues and what options you have. There is no obligation to hire our law firm, and there is no charge for the call.
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We are here to help truck drivers after an on-the-job accident. Knowledge is power, and the first step in protecting your rights is to know what they are.