When employees are injured while carrying out their job duties, they can receive benefits through workers’ compensation. In most cases, workers’ comp is the “exclusive remedy” for injured employees, meaning they can't sue their employers in court (although there are exceptions allowing injured workers to sue in some circumstances).
The procedure for filing a workers’ comp claim varies from state to state. However, all states require employees to give their employers notice of their injuries by a certain deadline, usually within 30 days or less of the accident or injury. Several states also require employees to file a formal workers’ compensation claim before they can receive benefits. Employees who fail to meet their state’s notice and claim requirements may lose their right to collect benefits.
Follow the links below for more information about the filing process and the rules in certain states.