When you have an accident at work, you can usually file for workers’ compensation benefits. Time is often an important element of the process.
You will find various timelines you need to follow to ensure you do not do something that will result in a denial of your claim.
Initial filing deadline
According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, you need to file a claim within two years of the incident or upon discovering your work-related medical issue. This statute of limitations applies in all situations. Once you get hurt or discover the injury or condition, the clock starts running. If the two years expire before you file, you can no longer make a claim.
Once you file your claim, you will usually wait for two weeks before you will begin receiving your benefits. However, there may be a delay in the process of up to 30 days. Any delay of 30 days or more is not acceptable within the workers’ compensation system.
When it comes to eligibility, you are eligible to receive benefits from day one. Once approved, your benefits will cover all your related medical expenses from the first day.
Lost wage benefits apply only after you miss seven days of work. This can be seven in a row or seven in total for the same injury. Once you reach the seven days, you can begin to receive lost wages payments. Do note you will still receive benefits for the first seven days you miss but payout will not happen until day eight.