The workers compensation system was created to make sure that injured workers can get quick and fair compensation when a work injury keeps them away from the job. But whenever you throw insurance companies into the mix, it’s not always that easy.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we always tell our clients that there are two ways to get workers compensation benefits. First, the insurance company can pay you voluntarily. Second, you can file a claim and get a judge to force them to file benefits. Obviously, the first option gets a check in your hand much faster than the second.
If the insurance company agrees to pay you voluntarily, you can get your first check in a week or two, and then either weekly or bi-weekly after that. If you have to file a claim and force the insurance company to pay, it can take up to 5 months to get in front of a judge.
At Marcotte Law Firm, we always counsel our clients with the goal of getting them benefits as quickly as possible. We understand that it’s not always an option to go 5 weeks without a paycheck. Therefore, we do our best to get insurance companies to voluntarily pay our clients while at the same time building a case to file a claim if necessary.
If you’ve been hurt on the job, it’s important to find a lawyer quickly so that you can get your benefits as quickly as possible.