Workers’ compensation injury claims MUST be reported IMMEDIATELY after an injury, since timely claim reporting procedures ensure:
- Injured workers receive immediate and appropriate medical care.
- Key personnel are involved sooner rather than later.
- Workers’ compensation benefits are initiated and paid quickly.
- Workers return to work sooner.
- The claim is investigated while details are fresh in everyone’s mind, especially witnesses.
Late reported claims have a negative impact on both employee care and the organization’s bottom line, i.e., workers’ compensation costs.
Effects of LATE reported claims:
- Claim costs increase.
- Indemnity payments are late and employees become angry.
- Medical treatment is unmanaged.
- Litigation rates increase.
- Transitional duty employment is compromised.
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