Juggling the workers’ compensation claims process is a burden in and of itself. One piece of paperwork could delay or prevent proper compensation or a timely hearing for your claim. Understanding the procedures for workers’ compensation claims is a great start in the overall process of filing claims, but it is tough to handle the process while recovering. More often than not, the recovery is secondary to financial concerns of daily expenses. A common question that arises is – where do I turn to for my compensation check?
After filing a workers’ compensation claim, the Commission makes a determination on whether your claim is paid. If the Commission decides to approve your claim, you will receive a compensation check for a pay rate of approximately 66.3% of your average weekly wages based on the four pay quarters before you were injured. However, the amount cannot exceed the maximum weekly wage set forth by the Department of Employment and Workforce.
Where does the physical compensation check come from? Well, almost all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect their employees in the event of an injury. Where the check comes from depends on the length you are out of work. There is a seven-day waiting period before benefits are paid. If you miss work for more than seven days, your employer’s insurance representative will provide the check to you. The compensation checks continue until your doctor approves your return to work.
To make sure you receive timely your compensation check for the appropriate amount, contact The Dan Pruitt Injury Law Firm. Attorney Dan Pruitt and staff have handled numerous workers’ compensation claims and can guide you through filing the proper paperwork so you can begin the road to recovery. Call us for a free consultation of your case. Remember, we will not accept any payment for our services until you receive a favorable resolution on your case.