When you’re injured on the job, it’s important that you report the incident to your employer as quickly as possible. Each state has different laws on how quickly injuries must be reported, with some as expansive as 90 days while others are as tight as 4 days.
A written incident report will always be more helpful in a worker’s compensation case than a report that was orally given, even if that is all that your employer requires. Reporting an injury as soon as it happens helps you eliminate the possibility that you will be accused of injuring yourself in some other location. When a lot of time passes between an incident and the reporting, there is more gray area in between and you will be asked to explain exactly why you did not report the event sooner.