I was injured on the job three weeks ago but I have not received my weekly benefits, what should I do?

I am sorry to hear that you were injured on the job.  If you have been injured on the job and are unable to return to work, a covered employer and insurer must start your benefits within 21 days following the work injury. There are many reasons that an employer and insurance company may fail to start your benefits.  Insurers look for reasons to deny claims and they may be stalling in hopes you will not pursue the claim.  However, if you have been injured and your doctor has excused you from duty, the employer is obligated to either begin paying benefits within 21 days or send you a notice that your claim has been "controverted"--meaning denied.  In either event, you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney to assist you in filing a "Notice of Claim" and "Request for Hearing."   Often times, simply hiring an attorney and filing the claim with the State Board of Workers' Compensation lets the employer and insurer know you are serious about pursuing your claim and will go ahead and commence benefits. However, you and your lawyer may have to bring the employer/insurer before an administrative law judge to force them to start your benefits.

Christopher J. Hudson
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Local Augusta lawyer specializing in workers' compensation, car accident and personal injury claims.