As Tampa workers’ comp attorneys, we know that when you suffer an injury at work, you have 30 days from the date of that injury to notify your employer. Once you do that, your employer should notify the workers’ compensation insurance company and get you established with a doctor. However, it’s going to be your responsibility to make sure that you are keeping those appointments and seeing the workers’ compensation doctor. The statute of limitations — that is the limits that the law places on your ability to continue to collect those benefits — is two years of the date of the accident. Additionally, if you go for 12 months after that without seeing your workers’ compensation doctor, your case is closed.
The law presupposes, regardless of what symptoms or problems you’re still having, that if you’ve not gone and seen your workers’ comp doctor for 12 months, then you are fine and do not need workers’ comp. Our best advice to you is make sure that you keep on seeing your doctors on a regular basis. In fact, we recommend that clients do not go more than three months without seeing their doctor. If you have any questions about this or if you’re having difficulty getting in to see your doctor, give us a call. Our workers compensation lawyers are here to work for you.