Time to Give Notice of Injury in a Pa. Work Injury Case

Date: October 14, 2011
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QUESTION: HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO REPORT MY WORK INJURY IN A PA. WORKERS COMPENSATION CASE?

 ANSWER: AN EMPLOYEE SHALL  REPORT A WORK INJURY WITHIN 21 DAYS AFTER THE INJURY. IF THE INJURY IS NOT REPORTED WITHIN 120 DAYS AFTER THE OCCURRENCE OF INJURY, NO COMPENSATION SHALL BE ALLOWED. HOWEVER, IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE TIME FOR GIVING NOTICE OF AN INJURY DOES NOT BEGIN TO RUN UNTIL THE EMPLOYEE KNOWS, OR BY THE EXERCISE OF REASONABLE DILIGENCE SHULD KNOW, OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE INJURY AND ITS POSSIBLE RELATIONSHIP TO THE EMPLOYMENT.

77 p.s. 631



Disclaimer: The above comment is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive.  Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column. 

 

Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.