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How long does the workers' compensation process take?

When workers get injured on the job, one of the first matters they begin to worry about is money. Certainly, the most important aspect of post-injury life is regaining one's health. However, it is understandably difficult to focus on getting healthy again when money is tighter than usual and medical bills are piling up.

As a result, many injured workers are eager to expedite the workers' compensation process in order to ensure that their claim is approved as quickly as possible. Thankfully, if you have been injured on the job, working with an attorney experienced in workers' compensation law can help to ensure that your claim is not unnecessarily delayed by missing information, red tape or a host of other factors which tend to slow the process down. 

How long does it take?

Every work injury situation is unique. Therefore, it is generally impossible to ensure that your workers' compensation claim will be resolved on a specific date. One of the reasons why it is difficult to determine an exact timetable is that numerous elements of the process are beyond your control and beyond your attorney's control.

For example, if your physician's office delays sending necessary paperwork to your insurer, this challenge could delay your claim. Similarly, if your employer delays sending in necessary paperwork, this could also lengthen the process. Finally, your insurer could take either a short or long amount of time to process things on its end.

However, it is helpful to know that attorneys experienced in workers' compensation matters generally understand which challenges can hold things up and how to speed things along when possible. This intricate knowledge of the workers' compensation operating process is one of the significant benefits of hiring an attorney to look after your claim.

Now what?

Once your attorney has submitted the necessary paperwork, he or she will take care of monitoring the process as it progresses. Until your claim is resolved in a matter of weeks or possibly months, it is important not to sit around twiddling your thumbs and worrying. The best possible thing you can do for yourself now is concentrate on resting and recovering.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to bring them to your attorney. But, in general, understand that your attorney's job is to advocate for you in an expedient way. As soon as he or she can get your claim resolved, it will be.

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