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Common Mistakes When Filing a Claim for Workers’ Compensation

Jan 19, 2023

Common Mistakes When Filing a Claim for Workers’ Compensation

Filing a claim for workers’ compensation can be a complicated and lengthy process. A successful claim requires submitting paperwork, medical records, and often seeking legal advice. It is also essential to make sure you do not make any mistakes along the way that could hold up your claim or even cause it to be denied. Here is an overview of what you need to know about workers’ compensation and common mistakes to avoid when filing your claim.

Not Seeking Medical Attention Immediately

One of the most important things to do after an injury at work is to seek medical attention immediately. This will not only help you recover faster, but it will also provide documentation of your injury that can be used as evidence in your case. It is important to tell your doctor that the injury happened while at work so they can note it in your chart.

Failing to Keep Records of Injuries and Treatment

One of the most important things you should do if you have been injured on the job is to keep accurate records of all injuries and treatments related to that injury. This includes keeping track of dates, symptoms, doctor visits, medications taken, and any other information related to your injury.

Keeping detailed records will help ensure that all relevant information is presented when filing for workers’ compensation benefits.

Failing to Report the Accident by the Deadline

For your claim to be valid, you must report your accident to your employer within 30 days of its occurrence. If you fail to do so, then your request may be rejected. Always report your injury as soon as possible, and make sure you do so in writing so you have proof of the notification.

Hiding Facts From Your Lawyer

When consulting with an attorney about your case, it is important that you are honest and open about all the facts surrounding your injury. Hiding information from your lawyer could compromise your case and mean that you do not get the full extent of benefits and compensation for which you are eligible.

Be sure to tell your lawyer every detail related to your workplace accident so they can advise you accordingly and build a strong argument in favor of receiving the maximum amount of benefits.

Assuming You Do Not Have A Claim Due To A Pre-Existing Condition

Another mistake people often make is assuming they do not have a valid claim because they have a pre-existing condition. While it is true that certain types of injuries may not be covered under workers’ compensation laws, this is something that should be determined by an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation law.

Not Following Doctor’s Orders

Another mistake people often make is not following their doctor’s orders after an injury. It is essential to follow all instructions given to you by your doctor as closely as possible, even if it means taking time off from work or taking medication prescribed by your doctor. Not following medical advice could give the impression that you are not taking your case seriously and that your injuries are not as severe as you reported.

If you were injured at work and need help, our experienced Coral Springs workers’ compensation lawyers are here to help. Contact The Law Offices of David A. Solomon to schedule a free consultation.

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