Workers’ Compensation Insurance was designed to make life easier for employees who get hurt on the job. While the benefits are helpful in theory, securing them can pose certain challenges. If you are facing a pending Workers’ Compensation claim, an attorney can help you streamline the application process. However, some aspects of the case will still be out of your control and, as a result, so will the total duration of the proceedings.
How Long Does It Take to Resolve the Average Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Since every Workers’ Compensation claim is different, it is hard to predict how long it might take to resolve any given case. Some are settled within three or four months, while others take more than two years to reach a resolution. Most claimants can expect the proceedings to last between six and 18 months, but there are outliers on both ends of the spectrum.
Factors that will influence the total duration of your proceedings include the severity of the injuries, the amount of compensation you are seeking, the strength of any evidence you have, whether you request a hearing, and whether you end up filing an appeal.
How Can I Mitigate Unnecessary Delays During the Claims Process?
It is not uncommon for both employers and their insurers to challenge every Workers’ Compensation claim that arises. After all, they have a financial incentive to deny benefits to their employees. For this reason, they may be uncooperative and attempt to dispute every statement that the claimant makes. Therefore, one of the best ways to mitigate unnecessary delays is to anticipate such disputes and combat them by gathering sufficient evidence that your injuries are indeed work-related.
Hiring an experienced attorney will also speed up the claims process. Your lawyer will ensure all documentation is filled out accurately and thoroughly, for example, and will not let you miss any critical deadlines.
If you need help securing Workers’ Compensation benefits in Wisconsin, get in touch with an attorney at LaRowe Gerlach Taggart LLP. For nearly four decades, this full-service practice has been representing clients throughout Reedsburg, Sauk City, and all of Sauk County, WI. Their legal team, which is comprised of nine lawyers who have more than 175 years of combined experience, practices estate planning, personal injury law, criminal defense, family law, and municipal law. They also assist with bankruptcy filings, real estate transactions, and Workers’ Compensation claims. To learn more about their knowledgeable attorneys, visit their website; or, call (608) 524-8231 to schedule a consultation.