5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Workers’ Compensation Case
Being injured on the job is one of the most frustrating things that could happen – and it’s crucial to get the compensation that you deserve for your case. Unfortunately, many victims of workplace injury make common, harmless mistakes that actually ruin their chance of getting compensation. By avoiding these mistakes, you’ll not only save time, but also ensure that you are able to get the benefits that you deserve for your workplace injury.
Common mistakes include, but are not limited to:
- Failing to report the injury immediately. It’s paramount to report the injury to your employer after it happens. Failure to do so gives the insurance company the ability to question whether the injury even occurred in the first place. Even if insurance can’t successfully question the validity of your claim, the reality is that they can certainly delay your workers’ compensation benefits while doing so.
- Not seeking medical attention. After being seriously injured at work, you should seek professional medical care right away. Leaving a condition or injury untreated will seem suspicious, and insurance companies can even argue that your injuries are unrelated to the accident. By seeking medical attention, everything related to your workplace injury is documented in writing.
- Trusting your employer to take care of you. Even if you’ve been loyal to your company for many years, you must ultimately be the person who is most concerned about your rights. Many workers wrongly assume that their company will take care of workers’ compensation for them, but it’s important to remember that their insurance company owes no duty or favor to you.
- Failing to seek legal counsel. Seeking the guidance and legal support of a workers’ comp attorney can determine whether or not you get the benefits that you deserve from your injury. Trying to represent yourself in any legal situation, especially when your rights are concerned, is generally a major mistake.
- Not complying with medical treatment. Once you’ve seen the doctor for your workplace injury, it’s critical to comply with the treatment given to you. Failing to attend appointments or follow-ups can jeopardize your chances of getting workers’ comp, as it could be argued that your failure to comply with medical treatment is the reason the symptoms worsened.
If you’ve been injured on the job and haven’t received the compensation that you deserve, then it’s important to work with a workers’ comp attorney who is not only experienced but also passionate about your case. Contact the Workers Compensation Center today.
Evan A. Hoffman
Mr. Hoffman’s philosophy is "our knowledge and experience is your best defense." He has been a featured author on criminal law issues such as driving under the influence, domestic violence and illegal searches.Read More