Workers’ compensation benefits are payments to workers who have been injured on the job. That said, workers’ compensation benefits are only available to full-time employees and not independent contractors. The one thing to consider before accepting workers’ comp benefits, is that when a worker takes workers’ compensation, they forfeit their right to sue the employer for negligence. While the workers’ compensation program helps injured employees, it was also created to protect employers from expensive lawsuits and can leave the injured worker suffering without proper compensation. If you’ve been injured on the job, you’ll want to speak to a workers’ compensation attorney before agreeing to anything offered by your employer or their insurance company.
How Long Does it Take Before Workers’ Compensation Starts Paying?
Typically, for most workers’ compensation cases workers are entitled to benefits payment within 21 days of informing their employer of the injury. That said, there are factors that can vary between cases, such as the extent of the injury and the size of the medical bills. These exceptions shouldn’t prevent workers from receiving their benefits, however. In addition, a worker must have been unable to work for one week before receiving benefits. Workers’ comp claims can be complicated, which is why it’s best to enlist the help of a seasoned workers’ comp lawyer who can help navigate the system and get you the benefits you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to Be Employed to Get Workers’ Comp?
When you first started your new job, you likely noticed certain perks and benefits don’t kick in until you’ve been employed for a certain length of time. Fortunately, because workers’ comp is a state program, this time requirement doesn’t apply. Workers’ compensation eligibility starts on your first day of work. Whether you’ve been at the company for two hours or two years, when you get hurt, your injuries will be covered by workers’ compensation. That said, not everyone qualifies for workers’ compensation, so you’ll want to consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer who can help determine your eligibility.
Can a Workers’ Comp Attorney Help Me?
Suffering a workplace injury is a tragic way to start the next phase of your career. That said, accidents and illnesses happen no matter how long you’ve worked for your employer. The good news is that if you’re a full-time employee, you are likely covered by workers’ compensation starting the minute you clock in. At Rundlett Law Firm, PLLC, we have a track record for helping workplace injury victims collect the benefits they deserve. Give us a call at 601-353-8504 to see how we can assist in getting you the maximum compensation for your workplace injury.