How Long Do You Have to Report an Injury at Work?

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How Long Do You Have to Report an Injury at Work?

The first thing you have to do if you have been injured at work is to report your injury to your employer. The second step is to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, you should be aware of reporting deadlines because if you miss them, you could lose your eligibility to claim benefits.

In this article, we’ll identify the timelines on how long you have to report an injury at work, how to do the reporting, and how you can use to file an HR complaint instead.

Not All Deadlines Are Created Equal: A Guide

Depending on where you are located, there are different workers’ compensation deadlines. These deadlines are effective from the day of your injury. Some states have different statutes of limitations for claims, but as a general guide, here’s a table of deadlines for all 50 states:

StateInform Your Employer Within:File a Workers’ Compensation Claim Within:
Alabama5 days of injury and 90 days of the accident2 years
Alaska30 days2 years
ArizonaASAP1 year
ArkansasASAP2 years
California30 days1 year
Colorado4 days2 years
ConnecticutASAP1 year (3 years for occupational illnesses)
DelawareASAP2 years
Florida30 days2 years
Georgia30 days1 year
HawaiiASAP5 years (and within 2 years of manifestation of symptoms)
Idaho60 daysNone
Illinois45 days3 years
Indiana30 days2 years
Iowa90 days2 years
Kansas200 days
KentuckyASAP2 years
Louisiana30 days1 year (up to 2 years for non-immediate onset of disability)
Maine30 days2 years
Maryland10 days2 years (1 year following discovery of occupational illness)
MassachusettsASAP4 years from discovery or causation
Michigan90 days2 years
MinnesotaASAP6 years (or 3 years from employer filing First Report of Injury)
Mississippi30 days2 years
Missouri30 days2 years
Montana30 days (1 year for occupational illnesses1 year (or 2 years for latent injury)
NebraskaASAP2 years
Nevada7 days90 days from injury or discovery of occupational illness
New Hampshire2 years3 years
New Jersey14 days2 years
New Mexico15 days1 year from claim denial
New York30 days2 years
North Carolina30 days2 years
North Dakota7 days1 year from injury or discovery
OhioASAP1 year
Oklahoma30 days1 year (or 2 years from last exposure for occupational illnesses)
OregonASAP2 years
Pennsylvania21 days3 years (or 300 weeks from last exposure for occupational illnesses)
Rhode Island30 days2 years
South Carolina90 days2 years from injury or discovery
South Dakota3 business days2 years
Tennessee15 days1 year
Texas30 days1 year from injury or discovery of occupational illness
Utah180 days1 year
VermontASAP6 months
Virginia30 days2 years
WashingtonASAP1 year (or 2 years from diagnosis for occupational illnesses)
West VirginiaASAP6 months (or 3 years from discovery or last exposure for occupational illnesses)
Wisconsin30 days2 years (6 years for traumatic injuries and 12 years for occupational illnesses)
Wyoming72 hours to report an injury to employer, 10 days to file Wyoming Report of Injury1 year

How to Report an Injury at Work

Reporting an injury at work comes in two steps: reporting to human resources and reporting a workers’ compensation injury. Your employer may have a standardized form that you can simply fill in. After that, you may need to file a benefits claim with your state’s workers’ compensation agency. To ensure your claim will be approved, make sure to include the following details:

  1. Specifics of the workplace accident, including date and time
  2. Events that occurred prior to and after the accident
  3. Co-workers who witnessed the accident
  4. Whom you reported the accident to, if you did

Employee’s Other Obligations

Your obligations as an employee don’t stop at simply reporting an injury at work. After that, you also need to:

  • Go to an emergency room if you believe emergency treatment is needed
  • Request your manager to take time off if your injuries are severe and impact your ability to work
  • Follow up with your employer or your company’s workers’ compensation insurance provider

What Happens if You Do Not Report an Injury?

Many employees don’t report accidents or file complaints right away because they don’t notice serious injuries that require medical attention. Although employers are obligated to ensure safety at work, if an accident happens, it is your responsibility to report it. Regardless of the severity of the incident, any injury that results in bodily harm should be reported right away. A delayed response can result in problems such as:

  • Your employer may refuse to provide medical treatments or benefits
  • The workers’ compensation agency may question why the accident was not reported immediately
  • Your private insurance provider may deny payment for treatment of injuries at work

When this happens, this may escalate into a legal battle. If you are afraid of possible repercussions or are unsure of how to proceed, report an injury at work through .

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1. Log in to and click the Anonymous HR Complaint product.

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