Definition of Claim Form
A claim or claim form is a demand from an injured worker for workers' compensation benefits as a result of a work-related injury or illness that is made on a specific form. Each state has laws regarding how, when and the manner in which a workers' compensation claim is to be submitted. Each state also has their own specific claim form that is to be filled out and used in making a claim. It is important to remember that each state has a time limit for filing a claim. If a claim is not filed within the time limit, it will probably be denied. If you do not file a claim, you will not receive workers' compensation benefits for a work-related injury or illness.
It is also extremely important that you place your claim and fill out the claim form correctly according to your state's procedure for doing so. In some states, your employer fills out the claim form, and in others, you fill out the claim form. In some states, there is a form that both you and your employer are required to fill out. It cannot be overemphasized, if you do not file your claim and fill out the claim form, there is no way that you can get workers' compensation benefits for your work-related injury or illness.