When you have been hurt at work, there are certain steps that must be taken to make sure you can recover fair compensation for losses that have been caused by the injury. Your attorney can make sure that these steps are taken due to a firm understanding of the law and the processes that are involved in the workers’ compensation claims process. Most importantly, your attorney knows the important deadlines that are involved in the process.
When you choose the Walz Law Office to help you through the process, you are given a step-by-step explanation of what to expect. You should never have to enter into this process blind. You need someone who can tell you how long the claim will take from start to finish and you need to know when something is going to take place so you can be prepared.
Helping You Through The Process
When you have been hurt, it is a must to let your employer know. This is so the employer can notify the insurance company that a workers’ compensation claim will be made. After this report is given by the employer, the insurance company will contact you to find out what caused the accident and how you were injured. They will investigate the incident to determine whether or not you have a valid claim. This is how the insurer will decide whether or not to approve or deny the claim. During this process, you are able to retain your Sartell workers’ compensation attorney so that your rights are protected. If denied, you can appeal that decision with the help of your lawyer.
After you have been injured, you need to tell your employer within two weeks of the injury. In fact, you can notify him or her at the time it occurs. It may be acceptable to notify within 30 days, but it will be up to the insurance company as to whether or not that amount of time is sufficient. Nonetheless, there is a statute of limitations on denied claims and the date the injury was first reported, which is three years. After the 3 years and if there was not a first report, you have six years. If the injury is an occupational disease, you have 3 years from the time you realized you were ill and that it was work-related. This differs from the timeline you are allowed when you have a physical injury.
Contact A Sartell Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Don’t deal with your workers’ compensation claim on your own. While you may feel like you are by yourself in the matter, that is far from the truth. You have an attorney that is willing to stand by you every step of the way so that you don’t have to deal with all of the stress by yourself. You have an advocate in your corner fighting for your ability to pay your bills and move on with your healing. To tell us about your accident, call us at (320) 251-5000 or toll-free at (888) 253-3922 to schedule your free consultation.