When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, one of the most common questions that arise is how long it takes to settle a case. The process can be complex and laden with uncertainties, leaving individuals anxious to receive the compensation they deserve.
A workers’ compensation case often takes 12 to 18 months to settle. However, the case’s duration will depend on a variety of factors.
Filing for workers’ compensation
After an injury, employees have 45 days to report the incident and three years to file for workers’ compensation benefits. However, the longer it takes for the employee to file a claim, the longer it will take to get a settlement. Not only will the process have to start later, but important details (such as evidence regarding the injury) can get lost in the shuffle over time.
Undergoing medical evaluations
Workers’ compensation claims often require medical evaluations to assess the extent of the injury. A doctor also has to determine the necessary treatment and evaluate the long-term impact on the worker’s ability to perform their job. The time it takes to complete these evaluations can vary depending on the availability of medical professionals, scheduling conflicts and the complexity of the injuries.
Negotiating with other parties
A workers’ compensation case often involves negotiations. If the employer or insurance company does not negotiate in good faith, the process can drag out. The complexity of the issues at hand, and the availability of legal representatives to coordinate discussions, can also affect how long it will take for the claim to settle.
A workers’ compensation case can be frustrating and time-consuming. However, by remaining patient and diligent throughout the process, employees can increase their chances of a favorable outcome.