You are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim as soon as you become injured on the job or develop an illness related to the work you do. As defined more thoroughly and in depth through the Work Injury Compensation Act, work injury compensation becomes payable to any employee who has suffered an accidental personal injury during working hours or while on duty at their place of employment.
This also includes any injuries suffered while traveling as a passenger to and from your place of work on behalf of your employer while in a work operated vehicle, assuming you were on the route you were assigned.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim upon work related injury or illness is not only beneficial, but it is highly suggested.
In fact, the sooner you file your claim, the better chances you have of approval. As stated through nolo.com, waiting to file your claim or delaying the process in anyway will often result in a higher chance of denial form the insurance carriers.
For any injuries or illnesses that were developed over time, it is suggested to file your claim as soon as you figure out the injury/illness is work related or as soon as you take time off of work to see a doctor. Additionally, most states throughout the nation have different time limits on when you must notify your employer ranging from a few days to two years.
Workers’ compensation often pays for medical care, rehabilitation, and income replacement for any work missed due to your injury or illness. If your injury has resulted in you becoming unable to work, you are entitled to receive wage loss checks which are often delivered just weeks after your claim is approved.
Your employers will also make sure that all wage-replacement checks are halted as soon as you are fully recovered and able to return to work. Yet, if your injury or illness is not permanent or does not cause you a loss of income, filing a claim for payment of your medical bills is encouraged. It is recommended to seek medical care immediately if your injury or illness requires it, and to make sure you followF your states procedures carefully in order to obtain these benefits.
Once you notify your employer of your injury or illness, they will provide you with forms to fill out and submit. Once your forms are filled out, the employer is at liberty to super the paperwork to the designated insurance carrier. Though in some states, it is sole responsibility of the injured employee to make sure all forms are submitted.
If for any reason your employer refuses to cooperate with you, it is recommended that you call your workers’ compensation office nearest you to move forward with the situation.
This could be the result of your employer attempting to keep workers’ compensation costs down so that faulty claims do not occur left and right, so thorough documentation and medical records pertaining to your injury or illness will be beneficial.
Any attempt of your employer to refuse following through with your claim will result in a dispute with the insurance carrier, and further details on your case will be required.
Consult An Experienced Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
It is highly suggested and recommended to file a workers’ compensation claim if you were injured on the job or if you have developed any work related illnesses. Additionally, the sooner you file your claim, the better chance you have of approval.
For any additional questions pertaining to Workers’ Compensation and your eligibility, do not hesitate to call the Florida Workers Compensation Help Center.
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