How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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While companies can be fined for violating safety protocol and regulations, injured employees can also file for compensation for lost wages and related expenses. However, there are specific time limitations for certain steps of the process, and failing to meet the deadlines can bar you from being able to receive workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania.

Things to know when filing a workers compensation claim:

  • Pennsylvania law states that you have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim for workers’ compensation.
  • If a family member suffered an untimely workplace death, you also have three years to file a claim, but the death must have occurred within 300 weeks after the injury.
  • If you were injured on the job, you must let your employer know within 120 days after the injury. Failure to do so can result in a denial of your claim.