How to Check the Status of a Workers’ Comp Claim
How to Check the Status of a Workers' Comp Claim

How to Check the Status of a Workers’ Comp Claim

An employee who suffers an injury on the job can file a workers’ compensation claim for financial support. While the law protects you from work-related injury losses, filing a claim and receiving compensation is not always straightforward. The process requires numerous steps, and many claimants must wait for an answer for some time.

Sometimes, you might be left wondering about the status of your claim, as you already worry about your medical bills and other expenses piling up. If you wish to check the status of your workers’ compensation claim, it helps to know what to do and what to expect.

You can always consult a workers’ compensation attorney to handle the claim process, including obtaining status updates. Once you have a lawyer handling your claim, you will not have to worry about checking in on the status, as they will keep you informed every step of the way. If there are any obstacles, your attorney can address them to keep the process moving as efficiently as possible.

Check with the Local Workers’ Compensation Board

Check with the Local Workers' Compensation Board

You or your workers’ comp lawyer can check on your claim in several ways, depending on the case, including:

  • Contact your employer to inquire about the claim status. This information will give insight into what has happened since you filed your claim. The employer acts as an intermediary in this process and should be current on the claim status.
  • Contact the insurance company responsible for the claim. You want your workers’ compensation lawyer to handle insurance communications, even if it is only a status check. Insurers might take any opportunity to gather information to use against your claim, so even a simple call regarding the status should be in the hands of a legal professional.
  • Turn to the state’s workers’ compensation board. Contacting them may help get more information and pursue support if the insurance company is not playing fair or following legal requirements.

In some situations, getting an update can be challenging, which may be due to a misstep in filing your claim or insurance company mishandlings. Either way, it is best to work with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney who can determine what obstacles you face and how to properly address them.

When to Turn to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

In minor situations, you might quickly get an update on your claim and get the funds in hand within weeks. Other times, you may become frustrated with how difficult it is to learn where your claim stands. At this point, you need to hire a workers’ compensation attorney.

  • Contact an attorney if the employer fails to report your injury to the workers’ compensation insurer. If you learn they never filed the claim, this can violate your rights as an employee.
  • If the insurance company fails to give you an update at any time, you may need to pursue an attorney, especially if it has been over a few weeks since you heard an update.
  • If you received an update but are still waiting for compensation, it is time to turn to an attorney who can help.

Hiring a workers’ compensation attorney helps protect your rights. Your attorney will gather information about your claim, find out what may be slowing it down, and help pursue total and fair compensation for you should you receive a denial for any reason.

What Your Workers’ Comp Attorney Can Do for You

A workers’ comp attorney can determine the status of your claim. They can also handle other aspects of the process, easing your frustrations while providing more insight into your rights. Your lawyer can help in numerous ways:

  • Get the insurance company to provide an update: Your attorney will contact the responsible party, determine why they have not updated you, and then give you insight into what occurred. If they fail to respond, an attorney can file a motion in court to force them to do so.
  • Appeal a denial: Your workers’ compensation attorney will not take no for an answer if there is evidence you should get money for your losses. If the insurance company denies your claim, the attorney will navigate the appeals process and move a case forward with complete information about your losses.
  • Negotiate a claim for you: If you can get an update but are not getting the compensation you believe you deserve, a workers’ compensation attorney will handle the negotiations for you. For example, they may find additional evidence to support a more significant claim.
  • Manage the process from start to finish: Workers’ compensation is complex and difficult if you do not know what to expect. Instead, let your attorney handle the entire process for you.
  • Get the payment you deserve: Your attorney’s job is to get you the settlement you deserve, in a lump sum payment or otherwise. They will handle the entire process to minimize any costly mistakes.

Without the help and guidance of a workers’ compensation attorney, you may find it challenging to get an update on your claim and keep the process moving smoothly. This situation is not uncommon, and it does not mean you will not get paid. Often, your attorney can rectify the problem by providing more information or answering key questions.

There is often a delay between filing a claim and receiving compensation. Adjusters have the right to verify the information and follow up on any claims you make, which can take some time. However, the insurance company should provide reasonable updates throughout this period.

If you are frustrated because you need more information about your claim, it is critical to have a skilled workers’ comp attorney available to help you. They can pressure the responsible parties to answer where your claim stands at any given time.

Seek a Free Consultation with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Whether you need to file a claim, avoid delays, check the status, appeal a denial, or anything else, never hesitate to speak with a State College personal injury lawyer. Consultations are free, so you have nothing to lose by seeking help today.

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