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The Importance of Notifying Your Pennsylvania Employer of a Workers Injury

If you are injured on the job, it is important to notify your employer of your injuries as soon as possible. This fact is made even more imperative by a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. In “Gentex Corp. and Gallagher Bassett Services v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board,” the benefits previously given to a worker were revoked because it was decided that she did not give her employer an adequate description of her injuries.

Although in Pennsylvania it is not mandatory for an employee to give a precise diagnosis, he or she must provide a reasonable description of a work-related injury. In this case, the employer claimed they were not properly notified because the employee only left a message on her supervisor’s voice-mail stating she had “work-related problems.” The court agreed that this description was not sufficient to satisfy the notice requirement. As a result, the court reversed the award of benefits, citing that the worker did not provide an adequate description of the work-related injury or the affected body part.


If you have been injured on the job, you may have a case. Contact the workers’ compensation attorney team at Michael J. O’Connor for a free initial consultation.