When a person is injured or becomes ill in their place of work, they often suffer from significant physical, emotional, and financial damages. It is because of this that workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees. This provides coverage for certain damages that occur as a result of the incident that caused their injury or illness. When facing these situations, it is important to know not only how to file a claim, but how long you have to do so.
Statute of Limitation for Injured Employees
An injured employee has two years from the date of their injury to notify their supervisor or employer of their injury. This allows them to make a claim for benefits. If the individual has an occupational illness that develops over time and is not immediately known, they must provide notice the date they know, or should have reasonably known.
Time Limitations for Filing a Claim
It is important to know that a claim for disability, rehabilitation, medical benefits, or death benefits will be barred if it is not filed within three years after the date of the injury/illness or the date the employee knows of it.
Time Limitations for Petition for Hearing
If a claim is denied, employees have the right to petition for a hearing in order to appeal the decision. Workers’ compensation law states that for all injuries that occur on or after February 8, 1994, compensation for a disability, rehabilitation, medical benefits, or death benefits can be barred unless the employee petitions for a hearing within 18 months after receiving notice of the denial.
Review of Eligibility for Compensation
Under New Hampshire’s workers’ compensation law, the injured employee has the right to receive indemnity benefits if four or more years have passed since the benefits were last received or denied. A petition to review a denial or award of compensation on the grounds of changed circumstances must be filed no later than four years since the date of the denial or last payment for compensation. If the reinstatement of benefits is successfully sought by an injured employee, benefits are paid retroactively to the date the claimant requested a hearing.
If you have become the victim of an on the job injury, it may be beneficial to speak with an attorney and the doctor that is treating you to determine how to make the process as easy as possible. AllianceMeds understands that a workplace accident can be challenging and is here to help. We will deliver your medication to your door using overnight delivery and cover any out of pocket expenses that may arise. If you have any questions about how we can help, contact AllianceMeds today.