Common Mistakes That May Hurt Your Right to Benefits
Feb 12, 2020
When you suffer an injury at work, you may be entitled to indemnity and medical benefits. Filing a claim for compensation may provide those benefits. Unfortunately, the claims process is one-sided, complicated, and confusing. Often, injured workers make mistakes when dealing with claims adjusters. Some of these common mistakes can lead to claim denial or delay. The mistakes can also lead to you receiving less compensation than you are owed.
FAILING TO REPORT THE INJURYWhen you suffer an injury at work, you should immediately report that injury, preferably in writing, to your employer. This will help to prevent a serious situation. If you wait to report the injury, you are more likely to have trouble recovering your benefits. Your employer may doubt that the injury occurred at work, or perhaps downplay the severity of your injury. Any delay in reporting your injury may cause major problems with your claim.
FAILING TO SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENTIt is very important to immediately seek medical attention for your injury. You should keep all appointments and also strictly follow your doctor’s orders and recommendations. Failure to do so may put you at risk of having your claim denied in whole or in part.
FAILING TO KEEP ACCURATE RECORDSIt is critical that you keep accurate and detailed records regarding your claim. You should accurately record all the time that you may miss from work due to your injuries. Additionally, if you have encountered any expenses related to your injuries, you should account for those expenses with particularity in order to be properly reimbursed.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. Working with the lawyers at Mensman Law can help you avoid the mistakes that can lead to your claim being denied. Call us today for your free consultation.