It’s been over 4 weeks since the claim was filed and still no answer. Do they need to give a decision within some window of time?
But I am guessing you do not have a lawyer. Without a lawyer, they can have their way with your claim and you won't be able to fight back.
The best thing to do is get represented, have the lawyer file your Application, and then file a 19(b) petition to force the payment of TTD and medical benefits. It puts the burden on the employer respondent to justify this denial.
Under the Act, the employer technically has 14 days to accept or deny the claim unless they state they need more time. This is rarely enforced by the arbitrators (judges) who hear these cases. You are more likely to get a response if you hire competent legal counsel in your geographic area to force the case to hearing. Good luck.
I have to completely agree with my colleagues Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Korein.You could wait for a very long time if you don't hire an attorney to represent you in file a petition for immediate hearing.
No attorney client relationship has been formed until you sign a representation agreement.
I particularly agree with Mr. Korein; the employer is supposed to pay you within 14 days. If it doesn't, then you can ask for penalties. When I say "you," I mean your lawyer; this gets complicated.
A lawyer can get you the money much more promptly by filing a petition for immediate relief, which can include a petition for penalties. Such a petition will get their attention (and, yes, these are rarely awarded but they should be; at least it will give them notice that they will have to get their lawyer involved if they don't pay). You will also very probably get more money in the long run, even after paying the 20% attorney's fees.
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