Have you been injured while performing your regular work duties? If so, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. This compensation comes through workers compensation and is given to every injured individual who files a successful workers compensation claim.
However, not everyone who files a claim receives the benefits. In the past several years, the amount of false claims has been higher than ever. For that reason, the insurance companies issuing the work comp benefits have increased the standard, meaning that not everyone is able to receive these benefits.
If you are lucky enough and get a good attorney to represent you and help you with your initial claim, and if your claim is successful, here is how long it takes before you receive your benefits.
An Average Case
Lets us take into consideration an average work comp case. Assuming that the injury happened today, the injured individual will have 30 days from the day of the injury to report it to superiors at work. After that, the employer will help with the paperwork and file for the worker’s compensation benefits.
With the right attorney, the whole process may last around 6 months. If the claim is successful, the injured individual may start receiving their benefits after 6 months.
There are a few complications; if the initial claim is rejected, the injured individual has to file an appeal together with his/her attorney. Appealing time is 30 days from the day the claim is rejected. After that, the Administration Board can take up to 2 months to review the claim appeal, and decide whether or not to allow it.
Once everything is taken into consideration, an average workers compensation case can last anywhere between 6 to 14 months, based on the circumstances of the particular case.
For more information about the duration of the work comp case, feel free to reach out to our Los Angeles on the job injury attorneys. They will help you understand the situation and provide you with additional specifics.
How Long Can One Receive The Benefits?
There are certain injuries that qualify the worker for 240 weeks of benefits. Others allow the worker to receive benefits only up to 104 weeks. All this time, the injured worker is allowed to undergo medical treatments, and everything he or she does will be fully covered (medical costs, transportation costs, prescription costs, physical therapy, house care).
There are some situations in which, if the injured individual is able to return to work, he or she may only recover benefits up to 104 weeks. However, you will learn more about these cases by speaking with our on the job injury lawyers in Los Angeles. Feel free to give us a call and schedule a free consultation. All of our attorneys work on contingency, meaning that if your case is not successful, you will not have to pay for it. You have nothing to lose.