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What Is the Workers’ Compensation Claims Process?
In short, the process involves the following stages after a worker is injured at work:
Step 1: The employer has to report the injury to the employer. If you don’t report it within 30 days, you may lose your right to claim. It is prudent to report the injury as soon as possible.
Step 2: The employer or the insurance company ensures that the injured employee gets medical care and attention so they can recover from the injury.
Step 3: The employee may be able to claim various benefits, such as temporary total disability benefits, amongst others.
Step 4: If an employee feels that their matter has not been suitably resolved, the employee can launch a claim and will be granted a hearing. An administrative law judge will make a determination.
Step 5: A final appeal process can be followed within 20 days of the award being issued.