Deadline to Give Notice of Injury
Generally the deadline in Florida for an Employee to tell their Employer of injuries is 30 days after the injuries appear.
However, it is very helpful when accidents are reported the same day. When injuries do not seem serious, it may be tempting to wait them out and hope they heal on their own. Keep in mind: You do not need to ask for medical attention to report an accident.
The longer you wait to report an accident, the more difficult it is to prove that the accident ever occurred. By the time you realize that a "minor injury" hasn't healed and is getting worse, the doctor (who was picked and paid by the E/C) may assume that the E/C is right to deny the claim.
Conditions not obviously caused by work.
Sometimes medical conditions appear before we know what caused them. It could begin as a rash, difficulty breathing, problems with your eyesight, or a surprise diagnosis. When a medical opinion is required to indicate that the injury arose out of the course and scope of employment, the employee must report the injury within 30 days after that date.
Other limited exceptions do exist, so please contact an attorney if you have questions about your case.
Updated: June 7, 2018