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How Long Do I Have to Be Employed to Get Workers' Comp?

By Christopher Coble, Esq. | Last updated on

Getting hurt on your first day of work is not a great look. You were hoping to make a great first impression, and now your boss might be having second thoughts about her hiring practices.

All future career concerns aside, can you get worker's compensation benefits, even though you just started your job? How long do you need to be on the job before you're eligible for workers' comp?

Tick, Tock

While state workers' comp laws may vary on the particulars, generally the workers' compensation system doesn't take your length of employment into account. The essential elements to most workers' comp claims are:

Therefore, it generally won't matter if you've been on the job two hours or two decades -- if you're eligible for benefits and the injury is work-related, you should be covered. Also, your employer is required to contribute to the worker's compensation system to cover all employees, so, unlike unemployment, your benefits are not contingent on the amount of hours you've worked.

On the Clock

While you may not have to be on the job long to collect workers' comp, you may have to act promptly. Like an injury case, workers' comp claims are restricted by a statute of limitation which means you have to file you claim within a certain amount of time or you won't be able to file it at all. The statute of limitation for workers' comp claims can vary by state, so it's best to file your claim as soon as possible.

If your employer is denying your claim, or you're otherwise having trouble collecting your benefits, you may want to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney near you.

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