Strengthen Your Workers’ Comp Claim by Avoiding These Common Pitfalls
If you were injured at work and need to take time off to recover, you want your workers’ compensation claim to go smoothly. Unfortunately, that often does not happen when employers and their insurance companies routinely deny legitimate claims for benefits. You do not want to make the road to recovering the benefits you deserve even rockier or reduce the amount of compensation you are entitled to by making inadvertent mistakes.
Common Mistakes Others Have Made That You Don’t Want to Make
We learn from the mistakes others make, and workers’ compensation law is no different. Unfortunately, clients make a number of common mistakes in their workers’ compensation cases that hamper their attorney’s abilities to obtain a favorable settlement. Here are past mistakes you want to learn from and not make in your own case:
- Waiting to report your accident. Even if you do not believe you were injured, you want to file a report immediately. Why? This documents that the accident occurred and is required if you later need to file for workers’ compensation benefits. If you did not file a prompt accident report, the insurance company could use this as a reason to deny your claim.
- Not seeking medical care. Not seeking medical treatment promptly is another common mistake that can lead to an adjuster claiming that your injuries were caused by something other than your workplace accident. The reality is that you may not realize you were injured in your accident at work since some injuries—like back, spinal, and head injuries—do not result in the person experiencing symptoms for days or weeks after the accident happened.
- Not making a timely claim. You only have a certain amount of time to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. If you fail to do so, your claim could be denied.
- Failing to explain your injuries to your doctor. You want to be careful not to downplay your injuries, your level of pain, and limitations in your activities with your doctor. If you must fight to obtain your benefits, your medical records will be crucial in proving the seriousness of your injury, and you want them to be accurate.
- Engaging in actions inconsistent with your injury. You do not want to exaggerate your injuries or how serious the injuries are or engage in any actions inconsistent with how you claim to be hurt. There is a good chance that you would be caught if the workers’ compensation insurance company checks your social media or engages in surveillance.
- Not hiring an attorney. Not hiring an experienced workers’ compensation attorney soon after your accident would be a big mistake. An attorney can preserve evidence that might be destroyed, build your case, and negotiate a more favorable settlement than you could on your own. In addition, he can advise you along the way so that you do not make other mistakes that could hurt your case.
Let Morton Law Offices Help You—Even If You Made One of These Mistakes
I have helped many clients who made these mistakes—or other common ones—over my years in fighting for my clients’ rights to workers’ compensation benefits. I urge you to contact me even if you are worried you did something that would hurt your case. It is extremely unlikely that a mistake ruined your claim for compensation. Call me today at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free consultation to learn how I can assist you.