A workplace injury can be painful and challenging to overcome, but it can also leave you facing significant financial challenges. While the workers’ compensation process might provide you with some relief, there’s no guarantee that you’ll recover the compensation that you need if you pursue a claim.
Commonly made mistakes during the workers’ compensation claim process
Sadly, many injured workers are denied the benefits they deserve because they make easily avoidable mistakes. You don’t want that to happen to you, which is why as you proceed with your claim, you’ll want to be cognizant of these common pitfalls:
- Failing to report your injuries to your employer within the timeframe specified by law.
- Neglecting to seek immediate medical treatment. This gives your employer and their insurance company room to argue that your injuries aren’t severe or that your harm was suffered outside of work.
- Refusing to seek recommended follow-up care, which, again, could give the perception that your injuries aren’t as significant as you claim them to be.
- Procrastinating in the filing of a claim. This could result in you missing your filing deadline.
- Falsifying symptoms as a way to buttress your claim.
- Getting caught acting in a way that doesn’t correspond to your accident injuries.
- Agreeing with your employer that you’re better off seeking coverage through your own insurance company rather than pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.
- Providing insufficient details about your workplace accident and your injuries to your doctor.
Don’t derail your claim by making an avoidable mistake
As you can see, there are a lot of ways that you can slip up when pursuing your workers’ compensation case. If you want to protect your interests throughout the process, act swiftly, but carefully.