The process for filing for a workers’ compensation claim is similar to other kinds of insurance claims. The first thing you should do when filing a workers’ compensation claim is to notify your employer. Until a claim form is officially submitted, your employer is under no legal obligation to provide benefits. Some states require employers, doctors’ offices, and hospital emergency rooms to have these forms on hand. If they do not, you can download a copy here for Missouri, and here for Kansas.
Your employer should then complete the employer section of the claim form and submit to his workers’ compensation insurance company. Your employer should give you a copy of this form. Request a copy if you do not receive one and keep it for your records. The insurance company will then send you a status letter about your claim. If you do not receive one within fourteen (14) days, you should contact the insurance company immediately.