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How to Report an On-The-Job Injury

If you have been injured at work, you must report your workplace injury to an employer or supervisor, in writing, within 30 days from the date you sustained the injury or became aware of it. Failure to provide timely, written notice of your injury could result in a dismissal of your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. A St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney can help you pursue full and fair compensation for your job-related injury, but only if you report your injury in time.

It is in your best interests to retain copies of the documents you submit as notice to your employer. Note the name and address of the person who received the notice. If you mail your notice, be sure to send the letter as certified mail so that you have proof you submitted the required documentation. Valid legal notice includes:

  • The date, time and place of the injury
  • The nature of the injury
  • Your name and current address

If your initial application for benefits is denied, the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation is charged with resolving disputes about workers’ compensation benefits. Claims may be denied for a variety of reasons, but you should not give up hope. In some cases, an on-the job injury may not become readily apparent until days, weeks or months after an accident. In others, you may no longer be working for the same employer as you were when you contracted the illness or disease. In various others, claims are denied when an employer disputes the fact that you were acting within the scope of employment when injured.

Regardless of why the claim is denied, it is still vital that you report your injury to your employer in a timely manner and, at the latest, within 30 days from the date you are diagnosed with the illness or injury. A St. Louis workers compensation lawyer can help you prepare the documents necessary to secure your benefits. For more information, schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at the Guirl Law Firattom, LLC.

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