Workers’ compensation cases are often a difficult time for employees. They are not working, injured, their bills are still coming, and now they also have medical expenses to deal with. The cost of a workplace injury involving medical attention can be several thousand dollars or more.
When the costs of living do not wait for you to recover from your workplace injury, how long do you have to wait for your workers’ compensation claim to pay you?
There are a lot of variables
There is a long road that lies between receiving a workplace injury and receiving the compensation you deserve for it. A workers’ compensation claim process often involves multiple visits to the doctor, checking to ensure that you are following the claims process, and negotiating for a fair figure if you do not agree with the initial offer you receive.
Negotiations are where the majority of waiting for compensation can take. While your attorney is fighting for your best interests, insurance companies have a lot of experience in minimizing the amount they need to pay you for your injuries. If negotiations cannot yield an agreement, the claim may have to go to litigation, where a victim will have to wait even longer for compensation.
Depending on how fast you and your attorney work on your claim and how little resistance there is in negotiations, you may be able to receive your compensation in as little as a few weeks. If things become difficult, it may take more than a year for you to receive your compensation.
Do not wait another day
The sooner you reach out to an attorney, the sooner they can help you secure the funds you need to cover your injury expenses. When you receive an injury in the workplace, make sure you are acting fast to protect yourself.