Report your injury/occupational disease
If you are injured at work in a single event or due to a series of small events (such as may occur from a recurring motion), you are required to report it to your supervisor or other designated person as soon as possible after the event. Likewise, when you first experience an occupational disease, you are required to report it to your supervisor or other designated person as soon as reasonably possible. Your employer must report the injury or disease to its workers’ compensation insurance carrier within three days of receiving notification from you. If the injury or disease requires you to miss one day or more from work, your employer’s insurance carrier must report the injury or disease to the Department of Workers’ Claims. This report is called a First Report Of Injury.
Although you are entitled to benefits when you are injured in a work-related event or contract an occupational disease, the fact that your employer or its insurance carrier has reported the injury to the Department of Workers’ Claims does not mean it has accepted the claim as compensable. If your injury or occupational disease results in a permanent disability, you may resolve your claim by agreement with your employer. If you choose to do so, the agreement must be submitted to and approved by an administrative law judge (“ALJ”). If you and your employer are unable to resolve your matter by agreement, you or your employer may file a claim in order to have your matter resolved by an ALJ.