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Critical timelines in your workers’ compensation claim

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Were you injured in a workplace accident? Then you need to take action as soon as possible to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries under workers’ compensation. Observing certain deadlines will increase the chances of a successful claim.

For starters, you need to inform your employer as soon as the workplace accident occurs. In California, you have 30 days to make your employer aware of any injuries sustained in the workplace – and it must be in writing. Remember, your employer cannot fire you or ask you to go on unpaid leave after reporting an accident at the workplace.

You have one year to file a claim

The time you have to make a claim is also limited to one year after you suffered your injuries. Your compensation claim will likely be dismissed if you go beyond the specified timeline.

Other important deadlines

While you may not sue your employer if you were injured in a workplace accident, other parties may be liable for your injuries. For example, if a defective product led to your accident, you could file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturers through a personal injury claim. In such a case, you have a period of two years to seek legal redress for their negligence.

You are entitled to compensation

You have a right to compensation if you suffer injuries from a workplace accident. However, you need to play your part and adhere to the law when pursuing compensation. Observing these timelines is half the work done. The rest lies in getting the paperwork right and having the necessary knowledge of navigating the claims process.

Importantly, you need to ensure there are no loose ends. Any slight mistakes could see you bearing the financial burden of treatment for your injuries, in addition to the loss of wages when recuperating.