If you happen to be injured in a construction site accident in Madison, you may likely assume that workers’ compensation benefits will cover your accident expenses. While it is true that in most cases, employers are required to offer workers’ compensation benefits, many of those that we work with here at The Law Firm of Johnston, Moore, and Thompson are surprised to learn that there are time constraints when filing such claims. Knowing exactly that these are may be vital in you receiving assistance following your workplace injury.
Title 25, Chapter 5, Section 78 lays out the parameters for reporting worksite injuries to your employer. It states that you have five days from the time of the accident to give written notice to your company. Notice how it clearly specifies written notice. Even if your boss witnessed the accident, you still should provide him or her with documentation of it in the event that your claim is disputed later on. Remember that he or she, while likely concerned for your well-being, may not think to document what happened or contact the appropriate parties immediately after the accident occurs. Plus, the details of an incident can easily be forgotten in the drive from the job site back to the office.