Although the workers’ comp system is intended to streamline the compensation
process for injured workers, a common complaint among people filing their
claims is that the process moves at too slowly of a pace. In this blog,
we explain how long the average workers’ comp case can take and
the factors that can impact the length of a case.
According to a recent survey, the average time it takes to resolve a workers’
compensation case is 15.7 months. This data includes cases with voluntary
settlements and those that were decided by a hearing with a judge. For
50% of workers, resolving their case took between 13 and 24 months, while
just 19% of workers were able to resolve their case in less than 6 months.
Although this process can be time consuming, there are ways to receive
some benefits before a workers’ comp case is officially resolved.
In some circumstances, a claimant can get temporary
disability payments to replace part of their lost wages.
Other factors that can affect the length of a workers’ comp case include:
- An Insurance Company Disputes Permanent Disability
- The Injured Worker Hires a Lawyer
- The Worker Seeks a Higher Settlement or Award
Common Workers’ Comp Delays
Research has shown that the number one cause of workers’ comp case
delays is that the employer or insurance company is simply not moving
quickly enough. Insurance companies can stall a workers’ compensation
case in a number of ways, such as:
- Taking Additional Time to Investigate a Claim
- Denying or Ignoring Requests for Medical Treatment
- Being Slow to Schedule Important Events
These tactics are designed to frustrate workers into giving up on their
claim and settling for a lower benefit amount.
Is your workers’ compensation case taking too long? Has your claim
been denied? At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, we are dedicated to
helping injured workers get the justice and compensation that they deserve.
Contact our team of Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys
to get started on your free consultation today.