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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 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 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!