Receiving workers compensation can be a tough process, especially when in pain and you have prior commitments. In terms of what the injured employee can expect, there are a range of different things that can happen, many involving an attorney. Depending on the situation, there is typically a specific timeline that is usually followed in terms of receiving these benefits. Take a look below to see what you might be expecting, should this situation happen to you.
Immediately following the injury, the most important thing is to obtain the medical treatment necessary to make sure that you are OK. Following this, it is the employee’s responsibility to notify the employer of the accident — this is done in writing. The employee must file a claim with the Board on Form Employee Claim, which must be done within two years of the accident.
Within 2 days of the accident, it’s up to the doctor to perform and complete a preliminary medical report on a Doctor’s Initial Report Form, and mail it to the district office. Copies of this must be sent to the employer, as well as the insurance company, and their representation, if necessary. (Note: It is imperative that for any serious injuries, that you are properly represented by an attorney.)
Within ten days of the accident, it’s also the job of the employer to report the accident to the Board and the insurance company. At this point, it is now on the insurer to provide a written statement on the options of the employee, This is usually followed with the possibility to have diagnostic tests ran, and more information compiled by both insurer, employee, and the employer based on the benefits.
If approved, the employee is to begin receiving the benefits provided to him, every two weeks. It is up to the doctor to reportback on injury progress every 45 days, and after 12 weeks, the insurer can consider the necessity for rehabilitation treatment for the injured.
There are a number of things that can halt this process, and it is extremely vital that everything is taken care of in a timely manner. To ensure that nothing is held up for too long, the consideration for an attorney should be a primary concern. With experience in personal injury and litigation procedures, the team at GNPCV can help you begin receiving the benefits deserved after your injury. To learn more, fill out our contact form and see how we can help you today