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When to File a Workers' Compensation Claim

If you’ve been injured at work, it’s important to know when to file a claim so that you don’t miss out on any compensation that you may be able to receive. Follow these steps from the workers’ compensation attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C. in Atlanta for a smoother claim process.

Steps for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The first step after a workplace injury is to seek medical attention. If you’re able to do so, inform your employer of your workplace injury so that they can file a report. This can help establish timing in case a claim turns into a personal injury suit. If you’re too injured to file a report with your workplace, make sure you try and file a report as soon as possible so that it’s recorded.

If your injury is something that develops over time such as carpal tunnel, back pain, or illnesses from chemicals in the workplace, file a report with your employer as soon as possible. Typically, once you report your injury to your employer, it is their responsibility to submit it to their insurance company. The insurance company will then request proof of treatment and medical bills to reimburse you for any care you’ve received. Some employers have specific doctors, clinics, or hospitals to use with workplace injury claims. If you use these employer-chosen medical professionals/facilities, you may be more likely to receive a full reimbursement for your claim.

If you believe that the standard of care or treatment is insufficient at the employer-chosen facilities, you may need to file a personal injury case with a workers’ compensation lawyer. Always keep ample documentation of medical care and treatment for all injuries to support your claim.

Statute of Limitations and When to File a Claim

Every state has a different statute of limitations for filing workplace injuries. These time limits also vary for the types of injuries involved. For injuries incurred in a short time period, such as a fall injury or crush injury, the sooner you file the better to receive full compensation. There is a 30-day limit to file a claim after these types of injuries.

If your injuries develop over time, your time limits vary. Typically, time limits are determined based on two different methods. The first is when you took time off work to treat your injury. Once you’ve taken the time off for treatment, you have 30 days to report your claim. The second is when you discovered or should have known, that your injury was caused at work. Again, once this is discovered, you have 30 days to report your claim. The most important thing to remember with workers’ compensation claims is to file a report with your employer as soon as possible. Don’t delay in seeking medical attention or reporting the injury or illness to your employer. This can complicate receiving compensation for your injuries.

Seek Out the Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Jenkins Utley, P.C.

Find expert workers’ compensation legal counsel at the office of Jenkins Utley, P.C. in Atlanta. Whether you need to file a personal injury claim after a workers’ compensation claim denial, or if you believe you’ve been under-compensated for your medical bills, missed work, or injuries, contact our office at (404) 334-3013 today.