If you have been injured in a work-related accident, you will need answers. It's important that you know and understand your rights before you take any type of settlement from the insurance company. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions:
How Long Do I Have to Notify My Employer?
In most cases, you aren't obligated to report the injury within a specific timeline. However, the sooner you report the incident, the sooner you will receive compensation if it is awarded to you. Delaying the process can delay your case, and in certain situations make it almost impossible to collect. Reporting the accident and the resulting injuries to your employer immediately after they happen is always in your best interest. If you are filing a claim against a government agency or someone who works for them, the rule of thumb is 30 days to one year from the date of the accident.
What Should I Do First After an Injury?
Always keep accurate notes. Write down as much as you remember about the accident and take photographs if possible. Next, seek medical attention! Make sure to get a full report from your doctor and provide it to both your attorney and your employer if they ask for it.
How Long Do I Have to File My Claim?
While the law can differ from state to state, most require that claims be filed within one year of the date the accident occurred. Don't delay! Waiting to file your claim can be costly and may actually reduce the amount of compensation you receive. Filing as soon after the accident as possible is the best way for you to get the compensation you deserve in a timely fashion.
Call the workers' compensation attorneys at Gaylord & Nantais if you have any questions about filing a claim or what your next steps should be. They have the answers you need and can help you get your life back on track.
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