In a workers’ compensation claim, the date you will receive payment will depend on several factors. Because every workers’ compensation case is different, your attorney can advise you as to a rough timeline for when you will receive benefits. However, it’s important to remember that the insurance company will often try to find reasons to deny or delay your claim, which can affect the timeline accordingly. The primary factors that will determine how soon your benefits arrive are:
- When your claim is filed. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner the court will be able to make a decision about your benefits.
- When your evidence is ready. (LINK TO GATHERING EVIDENCE) The court and the insurance company will need to review your medical records, reports of your injury, and evidence of your medical treatment. Work with your attorney to make sure these are all available in a timely manner.
- Whether your claim is denied. If your claim is denied (LINK TO APPEALS PAGE) you will need to file a workers’ compensation appeal, which will delay the payments of your benefits until your appeal is successful.
If everything works smoothly in your claim, you will receive your benefits within one or two months, and you will then receive back benefits to compensate for the time that you were waiting for your weekly benefits to come through.