How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
We are all aware that sometimes injuries on the job can happen. In the moment, we might think that we are okay and nothing is really wrong. However, after the injury, we may begin to realize that we are more injured than we originally thought. It may even lead to not being able to work while you are healing. When this happens, many people begin to wonder how long they really have to file an injured workers claim for work comp.
Reporting Your Injury
The most important thing to do when you are an injured worker is to report your injury as soon as you can. There is a time limit on reporting your injury, so getting your report in quickly is imperative. Usually, you have 30 days to report an injury so that your employer can have ample time to do their part of the paperwork after you have filed a claim. However, sometimes instances gradually come up. As soon as you realize that your injury is going to affect your working situation, let your employer know and file a claim. If you miss the timeline for reporting an injury, it is likely that your employer won’t have to pay anything, thus, you won’t receive a cent.
After an injured worker has reported their claim, they must then file paperwork with the Division of Worker’ Compensation in their state. Sometimes, an employer will do this part. It is important that you check up and follow through to ensure that this step is done, even if it means doing it yourself. This can usually be done over the phone or through an email address. The time allotment for this step is one year. Your paperwork must be filed a year after the accident was reported or else you won’t be paid. The sooner you file paperwork, the sooner you can see payment for your injury. It is advisable to call and check often on the status of your paperwork, just to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
Injuries at work happen, and injured workers deserve proper compensation. Be sure that you receive that compensation by following the appropriate procedures in the correct amount of time. If you are unsure of how to proceed, contact 1-800-CLINICS, your injury care experts, for help.