What Is The Timeline Of A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
There are many key deadlines to understand in pursuing a workers’ compensation claim. Below are some of the most important timelines.
- Reporting your injury or illness to your employer: You have 14 days after an accident, injury or illness to report the occurrence to your employer.
- Becoming eligible for benefits: If you can’t work for seven or more days because of a job-related injury or illness, you’re eligible to pursue workers’ comp. The days don’t need to be consecutive, and they include holidays and weekends.
- Filing a workers’ comp claim: You generally have two years from the date of your injury or illness to file a claim. In the case of a gradual onset illness or injury (such as repetitive stress injuries), the clock starts ticking the date you knew (or should have known) your ailment was work-related.
- Receiving benefits: Generally, you should expect benefits within two weeks after filing a workers’ comp claim. If your claim is unjustifiably and unreasonably delayed, you may be entitled to an increase in your benefits as a penalty.
Avoid Unnecessary Delays And Denials By Enlisting An Attorney
At Johnson Law Firm LLC in Freehold, New Jersey, our lawyer can help you get the benefits you deserve in a timely manner. We can let you know what to expect in terms of timing at each stage of your claim. Learn more by calling 732-333-8751 or sending us a message online.