If you’re injured on the job, you file a workers’ compensation claim. Understandably, especially if you’re missing work, you are concerned when those replacement checks are going to start coming in the mail. This post will give a broad overview of the timeline of a workers’ compensation claim and when you can expect to receive compensation.
The beginning of any workers’ compensation claim starts with your injury. First, you should seek medical attention and take care of your injury. Do it even if you are unsure if you can afford the medical attention. Typically, your employer will pay your medical bills once you file the claim.
After you get medical help, report the injury to your employer, preferably a supervisor or manager. You should report the injury in writing, if possible, if not then request a copy of the report from your supervisor. Your employer will then give you an insurance claim form. You need to fill out this form completely and file it as soon as possible. Don’t forget to keep a copy.
After you file, it is up to the employer and insurance company.
If you were in a work accident and suffered an injury, then you may want to speak to a lawyer. You are entitled to workers’ compensation payments, even if you are still able to work. Workers’ compensation is required whenever you suffer a reduction in your pay due to your injury or if you need to pay for medical care. A lawyer can help you file the claim and defend it if your employer or the insurance company contests it.