Any time that you are injured in an accident, we suggest that you immediately report the injury to your employer. Under the Florida workers’ compensation law, an employer has a defense to a workers’ compensation case if the employee does not report the injury within 30 days (90 days if it is an occupational exposure case).
While an employee may injure themselves and think that they will simply get better, not reporting the accident and not seeking medical care may act to invalidate the employee’s workers’ compensation claim and/or establish a defense or the carrier of late notice. Therefore, notify your employer of the accident immediately. If the employer refuses to provide medical care, then put it in writing, whether by email, fax, or have someone witness you reporting the accident to your employer.