Definition of First Report of Injury or Illness
First Report of Injury or Illness is the form that has to be filled out by your employer when you sustain a work-related injury or illness. In fact, it is often referred to as Employer's First Report of Injury or Illness. While some states use the same form, others have their own form; but they all call for basically the same information. It varies from state to state as to how long your employer has to file the first report of injury or illness. Also, in some states, your employer files the report with their workers' compensation insurance company and whatever the agency or department that administers the workers' compensation system in your state is called. In other states, your employer files the report with the insurance company, and the insurance company informs the workers' compensation system in your state.
If the first report of injury or illness is not filed in a timely manner by your employer, you may not be able to receive the workers' compensation benefits that are rightfully yours.
Your employer is required to fill out this form for all work-related injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, loss of consciousness or medical treatment that is needed beyond first aid. If your employer refuses to fill out this form, you need to contact the workers' compensation system in your state and/or get the assistance of a workers' compensation attorney.