Most people, hopefully, haven’t had to go through the process of filing for workers’ comp. So if it happens to you, there’s a pretty good chance you have no experience in dealing with it. The prospect of filing for workers’ comp can be daunting, but with the right guidance and information, you can make sure to get it right and get the most out of your claim. Today in the Alberhasky Law Firm blog, we’ll talk about what you have to do when you file and how the process works.
Get Medical Attention if Necessary
Obviously, the first step is to get medical attention. If it’s an emergency, you’ll go to an emergency room. If it’s not an emergency, you’ll have to go through the workers’ compensation injury treatment process, outlined by your state laws.
Report the Injury
You must report your injury to your employer before filing workers’ compensation. You have a time limit that you must submit your report by. Make sure to check your state guidelines to find out what that time limit is.
File Your Claim
After reporting your injury, it’s time to file your workers’ compensation claim. You can get these forms from your employer. You may also need to file through the state workers’ compensation agency. Make sure you check the procedures and deadlines for your specific state before you start the filing process.
Wait for Results
After submitting your workers’ compensation claim, an insurance company will conduct an investigation. Based on their findings, they’ll either approve or deny the claim. If the claim is approved, you can start receiving benefits. If the claim is denied, it’s time to file an appeal.
Appeal if Necessary
If you need to appeal your claim, make sure to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. They’ll be able to work through your case and make sure you have the best chance of winning your appeal.