If you get injured at work in Texas, your injury should be covered by workers’ compensation. You’re going to have medical bills from the treatment that you needed, you’re going to miss wages while you’re out of work and things of this nature. Workers’ comp payments can help to cover some of these costs until you can get back on the job again.
That said, there are important deadlines that have to be met. If these are missed, it can complicate the situation or may even make it impossible for you to get the benefits that you deserve. Let’s look at just the three of those deadlines below.
First and foremost, you have to report your injury within 30 days of the event that caused it. Many experts will tell you that it is actually best to report it as soon as possible, even if it’s that very same day. But you technically do have 30 days if you would like to use them all before you make the report. You simply don’t want to miss this deadline and find out that you can no longer report it.
Once you are given an impairment rating, you may disagree with that rating and want to appeal it. To do so, you have to act within 90 days of that rating being given out. Please note that this will be longer than 90 days after the injury occurred because you first have to report it and then be given the rating before your deadline applies.
Finally, there is formal paperwork that needs to be filed to officially make your claim for workers’ compensation. This has to be done within a year from the date of the injury. There are some cases in which the full nature of the injury won’t be clear right away, so this deadline will start when you should’ve known about the complications – and that they were work-related.
As you can see, it can be more complicated to get the benefits that you deserve than some people assume. Make sure you know about all of your legal options.