If you have been injured at your workplace or fallen ill due to work-related causes, workers’ compensation benefits can help cover medical expenses, lost wages and other related costs. However, mistakes before, during and after the claims process can prevent you from receiving the benefits you deserve.
Below are some common blunders that can negatively affect your workers’ compensation claim.
Failing to report your injury or illness in a timely manner
The sooner you report the injury or illness to your employer, the quicker the employer can begin the claim process and the more credible your claim will be. Failure to report a work-related injury or illness as soon as possible can harm your workers’ compensation claim, making it more difficult to prove that the injury occurred at work.
Not seeking medical attention
Besides protecting your well-being, seeking medical attention after a workplace accident is crucial to obtaining evidence for your claim. Medical evidence such as your doctor’s report and treatment records can help prove the severity of your illness or injuries, which is vital to your claim. It will also be easier to show that your injuries or condition were not pre-existing.
Ignoring your doctor’s instructions
If you receive treatment for your work-related injury, follow your doctor’s orders and treatment instructions. Failure to comply can cast doubts on the legitimacy of your claim and lead to a denial of your claim or suspension of the benefits you were receiving.
Implicating yourself on social media
Your social media activity could be used against you, potentially affecting your workers’ compensation claim or benefits. For instance, if you stated that your injuries impede your ability to engage in strenuous activity, your credibility may come under scrutiny if you post a photo showing you playing softball or hockey.
Not getting the necessary help
You never know what hurdles you will face with your workers’ compensation claim. You may be denied benefits for failing to meet specific deadlines, submitting incorrect information or even in bad faith. Therefore, it is crucial to have experienced legal assistance to help protect your interests and increase the chances of a successful claim.