In New Jersey, it is important to notify your employer when you have injured yourself at work. Unless an employer has actual notice of an injury, the employee is required to give notice within fourteen (14 days of the injury. Should the employee fail to give notice within fourteen days of the injury, he or she is not entitled to compensation, whether temporary or permanent in nature, until such notice is given. N.J.S.A. 34:15-17.
If notice is given within 30 days of the injury any incomplete or inaccurate information provided in the notice shall not bar the employee’s right to receive compensation unless the employer demonstrates that it was prejudiced by the incomplete or inaccurate information, in which case the employee’s right to compensation is barred to the extent of such prejudice. N.J.S.A. 34:15-17.
If notice is given within 90 days of the injury and the employee can provide a “reasonable cause or excuse” for the delay in providing notice, the employee may receive compensation. N.J.S.A. 34:15-17. If notice is not given within 90 days of the injury, no compensation is allowed. N.J.S.A. 34:15-7. Therefore, it is very important that you promptly notify your employer when injured at work.