If you have been injured on the job or a family member died in a work-related injury, you might have been told there are specific deadlines for when information must be reported to ensure the person gets the full benefits of workers’ compensation. As Pueblo workers’ comp lawyers, we want to make sure you do not miss any important dates and that you can therefore get the full benefits you deserve.
- An employer should immediately report any accident which results in a fatality. If your family member died while working, make sure the employer has reported it.
- Within four working days, the employee should report the accident in writing to his or her employer. Even if the injury was previously verbally reported to the employer, a written account is essential. If the employee is physically or mentally unable to provide the written report, it can be done by someone else who has knowledge of the injury. Even if you are late reporting the injury, you should still provide a written account of the injury. You will likely lose one day’s compensation for each day you were late reporting the injury, but some compensation is better than no compensation.
- Within 10 days of the injury, the employer should file a report of the injury. If your employer does not file the report, you can fill out a form yourself. You have two years from the time of the injury to file the report.
- The insurer should send an admission or a denial of the injury claim within 20 days of receiving the notice of injury.
- The employee has 45 days to file an Application for an Expedited Hearing if the workers’ comp claim is denied in error.
- If you or a family member has been injured on the job, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer right now to ensure you get your full workers’ compensation benefits.
Because workers’ compensation can be confusing, we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or if you need help resolving your case.