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How soon do you have to report a work injury?

Living and working in South Carolina, there is a chance that you could get hurt on the job and need to seek care. If that's the case, you should know how to file your workers' compensation claim.

Did you know that you need to report any workplace injury that occurs to your employer immediately? It's true. Even if you have to go to the hospital, you, a coworker or a family member should reach out to your employer and let them know about the accident right away. Your employer needs time to begin putting together information for your claim.

You must let your employer know about the injury within 90 days of the incident. If you fail to do so, you won't be able to make any additional claim and will lose your right to compensation.

What happens if I report an injury but don't need care right away?

If you report an injury within the first 90 days but need care for problems associated with the injury at a later date, you have up to two years to seek care. This is particularly important for people who are hurt and who return to work but later find that they do need occupational or physical therapy, surgery or other medical treatment for the initial injury that they assumed was recovering on its own.

If you're hurt on the job, it's always best to go to the hospital for treatment. Start the claims process as soon as you can, so you can be taken care of in your time of need.

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