Common Mistakes in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Common Mistakes in Workers' Compensation ClaimsThe workers’ compensation system can be complex and intimidating, and even seemingly clear cut cases can start with a rejection of benefits. You don’t want to take any actions to jeopardize or minimize your right to benefits. Here are some of the key mistakes you don’t want to make when seeking workers’ compensation.

Don’t Wait to File Your Claim

You must file your claim in a timely manner or you risk losing the right to benefits. At the same time, you want your application for benefits to complete and accurate. That leads to the next mistake to avoid.

Don’t Try to Handle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim by Yourself

Your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance company have a vested interest in paying you as little as possible (including nothing, if they can get away with it). Don’t be surprised if your employer or the insurer brings in legal counsel immediately. You need to do the same thing. Your attorney will know exactly what needs to be done when, and can properly respond to any questions or challenges from your employer or the insurance company.

Don’t Fail to Report Your Accident as Soon as Possible

The more time you wait to report the accident, the more opportunity you give your employer or the insurance company to argue that your injury was caused by some intervening event, or that your injury was not as serious as you claim it is. Unless your injury requires emergency care, notify your employer immediately and then seek medical treatment.

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We handle all workers’ compensation cases on a contingency basis. There will be no attorney fees unless we get compensation for your losses.

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