How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim

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Getting injured on the job can be difficult. It might mean you have to take time off work and lose wages. It can also mean you need to file a worker’s comp claim.

The paperwork for this process can be time-consuming. Sometimes your employer might not be very helpful. Knowing the best tips for filing the claim and doing all the paperwork correctly means faster payouts and an easier time after your injury.

How Does the Claim Process Work?

After your injury, there is a limited time to file the claim. You need to start the paperwork and file the claim as soon as possible. Failure to file the claim as soon as possible might mean your claim gets denied. Before filing the claim, you will need to gather all the details and document the incident.

You should also seek medical treatment so you can heal properly and come back to work without any injuries.

Make sure to do the following:

  • Fill out all the appropriate paperwork and make sure everything you put down is correct.
  • Interview witnesses and include the statements in the supporting documents.
  • File the form only after it’s completely filled out and make sure you have all the supporting documents.
  • Submit a report to the board of state workers. This is usually the employer’s job, but you need to ensure they did it and they filed it as soon as you filled out your paperwork.

Double-Check the Paperwork

Filing a Worker’s Comp claim is a lot of paperwork. Your claim can be denied or delayed if you don’t submit all the paperwork correctly. Double-check everything before you submit it. You can also ask your employer to check all the information, and they can inform you if you are missing anything.

If you weren’t there when witnesses made their statements, double-check the statements and make sure everything is recorded correctly.

Partnering with a Lawyer

If you are having any trouble filling your Workers’ Comp claim or your employer is not being cooperative, you might want to consider partnering with a lawyer. They can guide you through the process and make sure you have all the right papers and all the right elements of a successful claim. They can also make sure you get the most out of your claim.

Get Ahold of a Lawyer Today

If you want a lawyer who can help you, call Pathfinder Injury Law today at 804-505-0633. You can also fill out the online contact form below.

Bryn Swartz

Written By Bryn Swartz

Bryn Swartz is passionate about helping others navigate work-related injuries. Read more from the founder of Pathfinder Injury Law in VA.

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