How long will it take?
The amount of time that it takes to receive a scheduled payment after you file your initial claim varies widely from state to state. Should your initial claim be approved, it can take as little as 30 days to receive your first payment. However, this is not a typical scenario.

For a federal worker filing a workers' compensation claim with the federal government's OWCP, the typical time is 3-6 months. That means, should the initial claim be approved it can take as little as 3 months. However, because most claims require a second round of medical examinations, the federal worker can expect a wait time of 6 months or more between the initial claim and receipt of first payment.

Because many claims, regardless of the state in which they are filed, require a second medical examination, the time before receipt of first scheduled payment can cause a financial hardship on the injured worker. For this reason, it is highly recommended that an injured worker obtain professional legal assistance when applying for workers' compensation. If you would like a free evaluation of your case, click here.


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