Can you file a workers’ compensation claim whenever you want?

On Behalf of | Dec 5, 2022 | Workers' compensation

Workers’ compensation benefits can alleviate some of your financial stress if you sustain a work-related injury. Your benefits can supplement lost wages and help you maintain financial obligations during recovery.

Even though it might seem as though you can file a claim at any time, it is important that you do not forget about the statute of limitations. Waiting too long could jeopardize your eligibility to receive benefits.

Mind your time

Severe injuries can prevent you from contacting your employer right away. Receiving critical emergency care is a priority. You might need to rely on fellow coworkers, witnesses or family members to help you notify your employer of the situation if they are not already aware.

Make sure you have a clear understanding of the timeline you need to follow when reporting an injury. According to, generally, you have 30 days to file a claim with your employer. Filing your information as soon as possible may improve your chances of a satisfactory outcome.

Document the details

Another reason for filing a claim as soon as possible is to prevent the risk of forgetting key details. If you allow too much time to pass before you document what happened, you might have a cloudy memory and forget important parts of your experience that could provide critical support to your claim.

Minding the time after your injury can help you respond to your employer in a confident manner. Your diligence can make a considerable difference in your ability to optimize your benefits.