Every worker's compensation claim is different. Although the factors that go into approving a claim are basically the same, both sides must agree on a settlement amount--this can take time. The first part of the process has to do with filling out all the paperwork and making sure all your medical documents are in order. Filing deadlines must be met as well.
Reaching A Worker's Compensation Settlement
Once your claim has been filed, the insurance company will review your medical records, treatment records, future treatment, and what type of impact the injury will have on both your employment and your quality of life. As soon as they have the information, the negotiation process will begin.
How Long Does It Take?
While you can't force the insurance company to pay you immediately, they don't have the power to make you sign anything you are uncomfortable with. When you have a Worker's Compensation attorney by your side, they can help to negotiate your settlement, providing you with valuable insight as to how much you are entitled to. Negotiating your settlement can take time but will be well worth it in the end.
In most cases, once a settlement amount has been agreed upon and your claim approved, the insurance company has up to three weeks to pay your settlement. At Gaylord & Nantais, the attorneys have your best interest at heart and are always available to answer your questions and make sure your Worker's Compensation claim is filed on time so you can get the compensation you deserve.