If you have to file a workers’ compensation claim, you should be aware that there are time limits in place. You have only a limited amount of time to make your claim and to recover the compensation you need for your injuries.

With workers’ compensation, it’s important to file a claim as soon as possible. You’re entitled to several kinds of benefits including medical care, coverage for wage loss, death benefits and vocational rehabilitation. However, you have to file a claim soon enough that it’s possible to get those benefits.

How long do you have to file a workers’ compensation claim?

You have 14 days during which you can inform your employer about an injury. These two weeks are the time when you can apply for the maximum benefits. After 14 days, you have up to 30 but may face an employer claiming that they have been disadvantaged by the delay in reporting. Keep in mind that your employer has only 10 days to report any injuries that happened on the job once they’re reported to them.

You have up to three years to recover compensation or to determine the compensation owed. If there are delays or a denial of compensation, you’ll want this long limit to give you a chance to speak with your attorney and to file appeals.

Anyone who is hurt on the job should receive the appropriate care and the coverage they need to support themselves financially. With the right support, you can focus on your health instead of worrying about finances after a serious work injury.