Although there are some jobs that are inherently more dangerous than others, all jobs come with their own hazards and perils. Because all jobs have their own chances for accidents and injuries, workers are entitled to file for a workers’ compensation claim if they’re injured as a direct result of their job. Unfortunately, not a lot of people know how to file for a workers’ compensation which is why many feel confused about the entire process. Speed up the process of filing a claim by taking note of these three important facts.
1. Different Filing Periods – Commonly, the filing period spans for a month after the injury, but that can change from state to state. Some states however require workers to file just days after the injury, and then there are some that can extend filing for up to two years after. If you’re confined in the hospital for your injuries and you have no other way to learn about the filing policy of your employer, have someone find the information for you. This will help you prepare all the necessary documents without missing your due date or deadline. The time factor is very important when it comes to the filing period for workers’ compensation claims because even your employer has deadlines for the paperwork they pass, so be sure to complete everything as early as possible.
2. Some Employers Will Dispute You – There are some employers who will dispute a claim, if not because they don’t believe you, because they don’t want to make payments. This can be a very big problem if you’re trying to meet filing deadlines. To effectively prove your claim, be sure to have all the necessary records at the ready, including the hows and whys of your injuries and the treatment you received for them.
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3. Measuring Injuries and Their Cost – For minor injuries, your employer is not obligated to pay for much more than just the treatment you received for your treatment. but if you sustained life long disabilities, if the injuries are extensive and life-altering, or if it will take a lot for you to heal from the injuries sustained, you should be able to get enough from your employer to cover the costs of the medical treatment as well as the lost salary you might incur. Consult your lawyer to get a better idea of how to compute the value of your injuries as well as anything else that might cost you in the future as a direct result of the injuries.
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Get your settlement fast and easy by applying these simple tips to the process. It also pays to have a good lawyer by your side to see you through the process.