10 May How Long does it Take to Settle a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
When you’re injured on the job, you want, need, and deserve compensation for lost wages and related medical bills. That’s why New Jersey workers who are hurt on the job call Bloom Law Office in West New York or Hackensack for fast payment and closing of workers’ compensation claims. It’s also the top reason why most employees choose to file for workers’ compensation instead of filing a lawsuit against their employer.
But how long does it actually take to settle the claim and get the money?
The answer to that question is that it depends, but it’s usually much faster if you’re working with a workers’ compensation attorney. Once a claim is filed, it needs to be approved by the State Board. If the State Board approves the claim, a settlement can be expected within thirty to sixty days on average. In some cases, it can take less than a month. When the State Board approves a settlement, the information is automatically sent to the insurance company and a check is mailed.
However, if the State Board doesn’t approve a claim, what happens? This can be frustrating, especially for a worker who is hurt, unable to work, and facing mounting medical bills. If the State Board doesn’t approve a workers’ compensation claim, you legally cannot then file a lawsuit against the employer (except in rare circumstances). By filing that initial workers’ compensation claim, whether it’s approved or not, an employee gives up their right to sue their employer.
This doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. You can file an appeal, which forces the State Board to reconsider the workers’ compensation claim. Ideally, you will have additional documentation to prove your case.
Getting A Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Having a workers’ compensation attorney on your side is important from the moment you’re injured at work. However, it’s more important than ever to have legal representation if you must file an appeal. If you’ve been injured at work, contact Bloom Law Office today and settle a workers’ compensation claim.