Q How do I start a Workers' Compensation Claim in Idaho?
Immediately following an industrial accident resulting in an injury or the onset of an occupational disease, a claimant should notify the employer of the industrial accident and injury and complete a Workers’ Compensation - First Report of Injury or Illness. The claimant has 60 days to notify the employer of the accident or illness but the sooner you notify the employer, the better. The longer the delay in notifying your employer, the greater the risk you take in having the claim denied. After you have notified the employer, you should insure that the Workers Compensation - First Report of Injury or Illness has been submitted to the Idaho Industrial Commission just to cover all the bases. The Workers’ Compensation - First Report of Injury or Illness may be downloaded online. You should call the Idaho Industrial Commission at 208.334.6000 to determine if the Idaho Industrial Commission has the form on file. If not, you should download the form and submit the form immediately to the Idaho Industrial Commission but no later than 60 days from the date of injury or onset of the industrial illness. You may fax the form to the Idaho Industrial Commission at 208.334.2321 or send it via email at [email protected] or by mail to Idaho Industrial Commission, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0041.
You should also coordinate immediately with your employer to determine which healthcare provider you should consult with since the employer and surety (the employer’s workers’ compensation carrier) have the right to determine which healthcare provider you should consult with and obtain treatment therefrom. There are, however, provisions under Idaho’s Workers’ Compensation Act that allows a claimant the ability to seek the change of a physician for just cause.
It would also be wise to consult with an Idaho Workers’ Compensation Attorney to obtain a free initial consultation. Boise Workers’ Compensation Attorney Alan Morton has over 31 years of experience in helping victims of industrial accidents and occupational illnesses obtain workers’ compensation benefits. You may contact Mr. Morton for an initial free consultation at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 or by completing the online contact form. Mr. Morton would be happy to schedule a free initial consultation to meet with you to help you better understand your legal rights and remedies by meeting with you at his office or your home, workplace, hospital or any other convenient location.