Indiana Workers' Comp Claims Process
Attorneys Representing Injured Workers in Indiana
For most Indiana workers, knowledge of how workers' compensation works
is not needed until an actual work-related injury or illness occurs. However,
at that point there are time limits and procedures that need to happen
quickly for a successful claim to be filed.
At Crossen Kooi, we believe that every employee should be informed and
confident in the workers' compensation claim process, so that they
have the answers they need to understand and ensure that they receive
the relief they need. For assistance with the claims process,
call us to speak with a skilled
Indiana workers' comp attorney today.
The Steps of Filing a Workers' Comp Claim
Getting a workers' compensation claim successfully submitted to Indiana
Workers' Compensation Board is multi-step process that requires communication
and cooperation from several different parties. It is critical that the
filer remain vigilant during this process and make sure it is not hampered
by oversight, miscommunication, or employer retaliation.
The basic steps of the claims process include:
- Report your work related illness or injury to your employer.
- Your employer submits a claim form on your behalf.
- Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier schedules
medical appoints for the assessment of your health.
- The insurance carrier assesses the results of your medical evaluation.
- The insurance carrier decides whether or not to issue workers' compensation.
Of course, this is a best-case scenario for a workers' compensation
claim. Often, a filer may want to seek a second medical opinion, or your
employer may announce that they are not filing your claim. Whatever the
case, it is extremely important that you carefully document every step
of this process and keep copies of all relevant paperwork—from your
employer’s initial accident report to documents given to you by doctors.
It is best to report your injury or illness to your employer within 30
days of symptoms, but the statute of limitations for reporting injury
or illness is two years. You must also be notified by your employer of
any intention not to file the claim 30 days from your report.
Get Legal Guidance for Your Workers' Compensation Claim
Our team at Crossen Kooi understands that filing a claim can be a sensitive,
uncertain process that is vulnerable to a myriad of complications. If
you believe that, at any point in the claim process, another party has
put your claim in jeopardy, then it may be time to explore your legal
options. We stand ready to help you evaluate your circumstances and—if
necessary—pursue the compensation you deserve.
Call our firm today to schedule a
free case evaluation!