Have you ever been hurt at work? You may already be aware that you may make a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company for medical care and other benefits. The procedure of filing a workers’ compensation claim can be confusing, and far too many people have their claims denied because of one or more of the following typical errors.
If you need help, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 for a free legal consultation.
Putting off filing for far too long
Workers are sometimes hesitant to submit workers’ compensation claims because they are concerned about the impact on their employment. They may feel that the injury will heal on its own and that disclosing it or filing a claim will “bother” their employer.
In actuality, it is in your best interests to notify your employer as soon as possible and initiate the workers’ compensation procedure. You may always stop the procedure later if you choose, but you won’t be able to catch up if you don’t report on time.
A workers’ compensation claim must be filed within 90 days in most situations. However, you do not want to wait this long. The longer you wait between your injuries and filing a claim, the more difficult it will be to assemble the paperwork you’ll need to get compensation.
Failure to communicate with your medical professional
Your medical records are an important piece of evidence in your workers’ compensation case, and they will be closely examined. You must inform your doctor that your injury occurred at work and provide details about the circumstances surrounding the incident. This is critical because it will aid the doctor in making an accurate diagnosis and establishing a clear connection between your ailment and your job.
If you fail to notify your doctor that your injury occurred at work, the workers’ compensation insurance agents working on your case will be suspicious. They could think your injury isn’t real or was caused by anything other than your job.
Not seeking legal advice
Workers’ compensation claims are more difficult to understand than you would believe. There are several places where you might make a mistake that could result in you losing your benefits. Rather than attempting to handle your claim on your own, you should seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who is familiar with the claims procedure and can help you foresee and manage concerns before they arise.
Please do not hesitate to call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 for a free consultation if you require assistance with a workers’ compensation claim.