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How Long Does it Take Before Workers Comp Starts Paying?

How Long Does it Take Before Workers Comp Starts Paying?

How Long Does it Take Before Workers Comp Starts Paying?

Navigating the aftermath of a work-related injury can be a challenging ordeal, especially when you’re left wondering how you’ll manage your finances during your recovery period. This is where workers’ compensation comes into play—a critical system designed to support workers who find themselves unable to work due to injuries sustained on the job. At Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., our seasoned attorneys ensure that injured workers understand their rights and assist them in determining if they should receive workers’ comp benefits.

Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims

Eligibility and Filing Your Claim

To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, it’s essential to know that these benefits are predominantly available to salaried employees, not independent contractors. The foundation of a claim rests upon an injury being work-related, with the injured party having informed their employer within a stipulated timeframe—usually immediately following the incident. In most states, it’s incumbent upon the employer to have workers’ compensation insurance in place for such occurrences.

Filing a claim involves notifying your employer about the injury. Employees in Illinois have 45 days to inform their employer about their illness or injury. After that, paperwork is completed and submitted either to the employer, their insurance company or directly to the State. This process marks the beginning of your journey towards receiving your due benefits.

Timeline for Payment

A common question among injured workers is, “How soon will I start receiving my workers’ comp payments?” In Illinois, employees seeking Temporary Total Disability benefits will begin receiving their payments after three working days. These payments will be made weekly for as long as the employee is unable to work. If the employee cannot work for over 14 days, they shall receive compensation from the day the accident took place. 

Factors Impacting Payment Timeline

Several factors can influence how quickly you receive your workers’ comp payments. These include the nature and severity of your injury, the jurisdiction under which your claim falls, and any discrepancies or disputes arising during the claims process. It’s also worth noting that the complexity of your case can affect the timeline, particularly if there are questions regarding the eligibility of the claim or the extent of the injuries sustained. 

Expected Timeframe for Receiving Benefits

While the expected timeframe for receiving workers’ compensation benefits can vary, most injured workers can anticipate their first payment within a few weeks after beginning the claims process. Understanding this timeline is crucial for financial planning during your recovery period. However, should you encounter delays or require clarification regarding your claim, it’s advisable to seek professional guidance.

Explore Your Options With an Attorney

Workers’ compensation serves as a vital lifeline for employees injured on the job, offering financial assistance during what can be a tumultuous time. The expected timeline for receiving these benefits, while subject to several variables, generally sees injured workers receiving their first payment within a month of filing their claim. At Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., we stand ready to assist you in navigating the complexities of the workers’ compensation system. Our commitment to your well-being ensures that you receive the support and guidance necessary to secure the benefits you rightfully deserve. Should you have questions or need assistance with your workers’ compensation claim, contact us for a consultation. Let’s work towards a resolution that supports your recovery and financial stability.

If you have been injured in a personal injury or work-related accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 332-5400

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