A Workers’ Compensation claim should be a quick and easy process, but that is often not the case. Employers and their insurance companies often deny legitimate claims. Your best chance of receiving the benefits you are entitled to is to speak with and experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney as soon as you are injured.
Your attorney can help you file your claim properly from the very beginning, reducing your chance of an initial denial and, if you are denied, your attorney is there to see you through the appeals process.
The Purpose of Workers’ Comp and the Reality
Workers’ Compensation was created to make sure that injured workers can receive medical care and replacement of a portion of their lost income quickly and without the need to prove fault. On the other side of the coin, employers are protected from lawsuits brought by employees for their injuries.
In reality, employers and their insurance companies often fight the claims, making the process long and complicated for those who so desperately need the benefits they are entitled to. Although you do not have to prove fault, you often have to prove that you are truly injured and that your injury is work-related.
No Time to Waste
You only have 30 days to notify your employer of your injury. You should report your injury as soon as it happens. The longer you wait to report it, the more likely your claim will be denied. You should also talk to a Workers’ Compensation attorney right away, so that there are no mistakes in filing your claim.
Of course, the biggest incentive to file right away is to get the ball rolling. If you are out of work due to your injuries, you need the benefits to start as soon as possible.