Guiding You Through Each Step In The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
At Matheson and Horowitz, we understand how overwhelming the process for seeking workers’ compensation benefits can be. Our lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience that they will draw from when helping you. A brief overview of what you can expect from the claims process includes the following:
- Talk to an attorney: If you have sustained an on-the-job injury, it is important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. This is allowed by the claims process and ensures that your rights will be protected. Having a knowledgeable firm on your side can help you better understand the process.
- Reporting your injury: After you have been injured at work, in order to begin the workers’ compensation claims process, you must report the injury to your employer. This needs to occur within 30 days of the injury for you to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits.
- Complete your paperwork: Once your injury has been reported, the paperwork begins to arrive. This should include information on your right to workers’ compensation benefits from a Division of Workers’ Compensation Employee Assistance Office as well as forms you will need to sign and a report of the accident that led to your injury.
- Visit the company-chosen doctor: It will be required that you see a physician selected by your employer in order to have your injury evaluated. In some cases, you may be able to choose this doctor. You may answer all questions and give a thorough description of the incident that occurred. It may be recommended that you also see your own personal physician to ensure that a second opinion is obtained in order to provide information if the company physician’s report needs to be challenged.
- Wait for a decision to be made: The employer’s insurance company that provides the workers’ comp benefits will review all information and make a decision in the case regarding the benefits you will receive. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for claims to be denied. However, it is often possible to appeal the denial and continue to seek the benefits to which you are entitled.