The longer the lag time in filing a claim, the longer it will take to get employees the care they need. Claim delays can also impede the investigation process. Both of these issues can result in claims remaining open longer than necessary — increasing the chance of the business becoming subject to a litigation claim. (Credit: Bigstock) The longer the lag time in filing a claim, the longer it will take to get employees the care they need. Claim delays can also impede the investigation process. Both of these issues can result in claims remaining open longer than necessary — increasing the chance of the business becoming subject to a litigation claim. (Credit: Bigstock)

When an employee is injured or becomes ill while on the job, it’s critical for a business to report the incident as soon as possible. The fact is, an employer’s failure to file a workers’ compensation claim in a timely manner can substantially increase costs to the business, as well as create ill will among workers.

In general, employers must provide an injured employee with a claim form within 24 hours after the employee has given notice of an on-the-job injury or work-related illness.

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