Workers Compensation Claims
Workers compensation insurance is a large part of the expense ledger for any business. Filing a workers compensation claim can be a little scary, but we have five tips from Grange Insurance on how to file a claim and help keep your insurance costs in line.
1. Make sure your employee gets proper care.
The very first thing you should do is take care of your employee and ensure that he or she receives the medical care that’s necessary. To help you find a physician that is experienced in handling work-related injuries, your insurance carrier may provide recommendations through a preferred network program. Be sure to ask your independent insurance agent if this type of resource is available to you.
2. Report the incident ASAP.
Delaying the claims process will only cause you issues down the road. Report injuries as soon as they occur by completing a First Report of Injury form and submitting it to your insurance company.
It is essential to report injuries in a timely manner. Depending on the state where your business is located, failing to report your claim promptly could result in fines or penalties. Plus, you want your employee to get the best care possible. By delaying the claims process, you may lose the ability to determine where your employee receives treatment.
Delays are often caused by missing information in the First Report of Injury form, so be thorough in your reporting. Double-check all names, addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers.
Also, don’t be afraid to file a claim. Filing a claim is not an admission of fault. Through the claims process, your insurance carrier will determine if benefits are owed based on all the facts of the case and the applicable workers’ compensation statute.
3. Chat with your claims representative.
Soon after you report your claim, a representative from your insurance company will call to discuss it with you. Between filling out the first report and chatting with your claims representative, you’ll be asked to provide the following details:
- The circumstances of the injury or illness
- Employee contact information
- Employee wage history
- Employee claim history
- Witness information
You will also need to provide your ability to accommodate potential work restrictions and tell the representative if there is “modified duty” work your injured employee could complete. Be sure to have job descriptions updated and readily available. If a doctor sets work restrictions, your insurance company will ask for this information.
4. Send additional information.
Following the conversation with your claims representative, gather and send your insurance company any additional information you have about the claim. This includes return to work slips, witness statements, prescription drug receipts and any paperwork regarding treatment. If there is video of the accident available, be sure to send that in as well.
Your claims representative will then submit all required paperwork and information to your state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Remember, the quicker you can collect all of this information, the easier your claims process will be.
5. Keep in touch.
It’s important to stay in contact with your insurance company. If there are any changes to the information you’ve reported, immediately contact your claims representative. It’s also important to keep in touch with your employee to let them know you are concerned about their recovery.
We would add a 6th tip: work closely with your agent. We’re here to help you and guide you through this process. If there’s ever any doubt, Contact Us.
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