What Can I Do to Make Sure I Get My Benefits on Time?
The first thing you should do is report your injury to your employer as soon as possible in order to begin a workers’ compensation claim. When you receive your claim form, is important that you fill out all documents very carefully. If you forget to include medical records or make a mistake on one of your forms, your benefits may be delayed weeks or even months before you correct the error.
You should also follow up regularly with the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) to see if it needs any more information form you to process your claim.
How Long Does it Take to Get Workers’ Compensation?
If your claim is approved, you should receive your first compensation check within 14 days after your employer was notified of your injury.
Your temporary compensation payments should continue every two weeks from the date of the first check.
If you do not receive your benefits promptly, you are entitled to a 10 percent increase on any delayed payments. While the insurance company is required to do this automatically, you should make the request in writing with a proof of service to ensure you are paid for the delay.
What Can I Do If My Weekly Payment Is Late?
If your benefits are delayed, interrupted, or terminated while you are still recovering, you should contact DWC to find out why. There are many reasons your benefits may not have arrived, and each one will require specific action. For instance, if your company has refused to pay for certain needed medical treatment, you will likely need help proving why the treatment is necessary. In many cases, beneficiaries will have to appear in front of a judge to resolve the dispute.
It is important that you seek advice from a competent work injury attorney before you take on the workers’ compensation system. We know how to gather the right medical evidence to document your claim, and we can stand by your side when you appear at your hearing. Visit our testimonials page to find out how we have helped people just like you get through one of the most difficult times in their lives.
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