A typical workers' compensation claim doesn't delay because no proof of negligence or liability is required (as is the case with personal injury claims). However, this doesn't mean that you won't experience a delay, perceived or real, when pursuing a workers' compensation claim. Here are four tips you can use to hasten the process in such a case:
1. Be Prompt With Communication
A typical workers' compensation claim involves multiple parties, which translates to multiple communications channels. You will be speaking with your doctor, employer, insurance adjuster, and lawyer, among other parties. There will be times when these parties will reach out to you for clarification or requests for documents, and you may also have queries for them from time to time. Most of the communications will be with your lawyer and adjuster, and it's not inconceivable that they may not always reach you promptly. It's important to keep all lines of communication open so that all queries are promptly dealt with.
2. Keep All Appointments
You should also expect multiple appointments, most of them with your lawyer, before the end of the claim period. It's important to keep all these appointments on their appointed dates to keep things moving smoothly. Postponing an appointment may set your claim back a few days, for example, if the other party is busy on other days. Postponing multiple appointments can set back your case by even a few weeks or months.
3. Try Facilitation
You should also try facilitation as a method of winding up your workers' compensation claim fast. In facilitation, you present your case before a neutral magistrate, and the insurance company also presents their case. The magistrate weighs both cases and then comes up with a figure that they believe fits the circumstances and the injury. Neither of you has to accept the outcome of the facilitation process, but it can shorten the claim process if you both agree to it. Facilitation makes sense because it is usually handled by experienced magistrates who know how to appraise workplace injuries as far as workers' compensation is concerned.
4. Be Ready to Compromise
Lastly, you should know that you are going to accept a compromise here and there if you want to conclude the case as fast as possible. In short, you might not receive every single cent if you don't want to litigate your case. Consult with your workers' comp attorney so that you don't compromise on vital issues or lose out on considerable money by accepting a settlement.