Time Limits for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Dealing with a situation that requires you to file a workers’ compensation claim can be extremely stressful and potentially complex depending on the type of injuries or illness you’ve acquired due to a work-related incident. Every state has different rules and filing deadlines when it comes to submitting a workers’ comp claim and reporting the incident to your employer. These deadlines are incredibly important to be aware of and meet because by missing them you could be forfeiting your rights to compensation. Our New York workers’ compensation lawyer can help you file your claim on time.
Whether you work for a business or hold a federal job, state and US federal laws can vary quite a bit. Generally, you want to take care of these matters as soon as possible. Speaking with our New York workers’ compensation; lawyer can help to ensure your claim is submitted correctly, on time, and that you do everything right on your end to increase your chances of obtaining the coverage you deserve.
Report Injury or Illness to Your Employer
The first thing you should do as soon as you possibly can is report the incident to your employer. Make sure they know you were hurt while working. This is one of the requirements that most states have and this usually must be done at least within 10 to 90 days of the incident. If you’re unsure of your the laws pertaining to your case, reach out today.
File Your Workers’ Comp Claim
In many states, you are then required to file the claim through the state-run workers’ compensation agency or the private company your employer uses. In some states, the employer will do this. Time limits for this step range from one year, up to six years, but in some cases of severe or permanent injuries or illness, there are no deadlines. There are also some exceptions to the deadline rules, such as if you’ve had a coma for an extended period of time, or you had such serious injuries or illnesses that you needed intensive and long-term treatment or surgeries.
If you have injuries or illnesses that have developed after years of toxin exposure, excess strain on certain muscles, or continuously causing further damage to parts of your body that were previously injured, it is recommended that you file a claim within the year that you first get medical treatment for the damage.
Consult with Us
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