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How Long Do I Have to File for Worker's Compensation?

How Long Do I Have to File for Worker's Compensation?

If you should be injured in a workplace accident, it is imperative that you notify your employer of your injuries within 15 days. This must be submitted in writing, including details regarding the time, place, and circumstances in which your injuries occurred. This is done by filling out an official Notice of Accident form. Both you and your employer need to sign and date this document. If this time period expires and you have not yet informed your place of work, you may lose your right to collect worker’s compensation benefits.

In addition to informing your company, it is important that you promptly seek medical treatment. If you need emergency care, head to the nearest emergency room or call 9-11 as soon as possible. If emergency care is not needed, you must check with your employer first. They will instruct you which doctor handles treatment for their workers’ compensation insurance.

It is important that you begin keeping records of anything related to your accident, including:

  • Names of doctors who treated you
  • Medical invoices and receipts
  • Dates of missed work
  • Any witnesses to your accident

This information will be invaluable to helping strengthen your claim. If approved, you should be contacted by someone from your employer’s insurance company. This person will be your claims representative, and they will be responsible for determining your level of compensation and its timely payment. If your claim is disputed, retaining powerful representation is imperative to help you secure the compensation you deserve.

Injured at Work? Call (502) 219-2176

If you have suffered an injury in the workplace only to have your claim denied, an Albuquerque County workers’ compensation lawyer can advocate on your behalf and maximize your chances of securing a fair settlement for your injuries. Our founding lawyer, Attorney Michael J. Doyle, can use his 10+ years of dedicated legal experience to give you the edge in the courtroom and tenaciously defend your rights. Best of all, we offer no-risk representation by accepting our cases on a contingency basis, meaning that if you do not get paid, we don't either.

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