What is the timeline of a worker’s compensation claim?
No matter what kind of job you have, you are likely at risk for some kind of injury. The kinds of injuries that you are at risk for can vary depending on what you do.
While you may feel stressed and confused after experiencing an injury, that does not mean that you need to let it overwhelm you. Understanding the timeline or a worker’s compensation claim can help ease your mind.
The first step
If you have experienced an injury at work, whether it was an unexpected one-time occurrence or an injury that built up over time due to repetitive stress, then you need to make sure that you report it to your employer. This way, your injury can get documented. How quickly you receive compensation can often depend on how fast you report your injuries, as well as how complex or simple your injuries are.
The second step
After letting your employer know about your injury, you need to make sure that you get prompt medical attention for your injuries. This can be important even if your injuries do not seem severe. The reality is that an injury could seem mild, and then worsen over time. By getting medical help you can ensure that your injury is being treated properly and that a delay in treatment does not slow down the workers’ compensation process.
Becoming injured at work can be a stress-inducing experience. This can be particularly true if you are unsure of the timeline you are dealing with. While there can be many variables that impact how long it takes to receive compensation, reporting the injury to your employer and getting medical help quickly can aid in speeding up the process.