Missteps That May Hurt Your Chances of Recovering Workers’ Compensation 

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When you have sustained an injury or illness at work, you might think filing workers’ compensation is going to be easy and may provide compensation for medical bills or your lost wages because you cannot work at this time. However, the claims process for filing workers’ compensation can be very complex and confusing to those without an intimate knowledge of the laws involved. That is why it may be in your best interest to reach out to workers’ compensation lawyers such as the ones available at Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy LLP.

If you do not have a workers’ compensation lawyer, you may find yourself making some extremely common mistakes, and these common mistakes can lead to your claim being denied or because you receive less compensation. Your Worker’s compensation lawyer is going to know these mistakes, and they’re going to know how not to make these mistakes, because this is a large part of their job. However, if you are still on the fence about hiring a worker’s compensation lawyer, let’s discuss some of the most common mistakes that somebody may make when dealing with a worker’s compensation claim.

Failing to Report the Injury

One of the most common questions that we receive about compensation is when should I report my work injury? If you have suffered an injury in the workplace, you should report this injury to your employer right away and do so in writing because this puts it on paper, and can later be referenced if your case has to go to trial. If you are waiting to report the injury, then you might find yourself having issues recovering benefits and your employer may not take you seriously as it would have if you had reported it right away.

While it is not okay for your employer to not take you seriously, you need to understand that your employer or the worker’s compensation commission may doubt that the injury happened at work because it was not reported in a timely manner. Furthermore, they may try to downplay the severity of the injury and offer less compensation, if not push for your claim to be denied entirely due to improper reporting.

Not Seeking Treatment

If you have not sought medical treatment for a workplace injury or an illness that you acquired from your workplace, then you might find yourself having a much tougher legal battle. This is because the purpose of Worker’s Compensation benefits is to help those who are injured people the medical treatment and makeup lost income because they cannot work due to their injury, and if you do not seek medical care it is going to raise questions and may cause your case to be viewed negatively or to be found that you are not actually injured or the injury is not serious enough for Worker’s Compensation.

Your worker’s compensation lawyer is always going to tell you to seek medical treatment and follow your doctor’s medical care plan to ensure that there are no red flags raised about your injury and authenticity of it.

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