Dos and Don’ts of Workers Compensation Claims
If you’ve recently had an accident or sustained an injury in the workplace, it’s important that you file a workers compensation claim in order to receive the compensation to which you are entitled. However, filing a workers comp claim can be complicated. It’s important to enlist the services of a qualified and experienced workers compensation attorney in order to navigate this complex and stressful time. Your workers compensation lawyer can walk you through the process and explain anything you don’t understand, but before you file and during the proceedings, there are some important dos and don’ts you should be sure to follow:
- Seek medical attention
Whether you know you’ve been hurt or you’re unsure about the extent of a workplace injury, you should seek immediate medical attention directly following the accident. You will need to see a doctor later on to check the legitimacy and severity of your injuries, but it’s much better to seek immediate medical help to avoid the possibility of health complications and to substantiate your claim.
- Report the incident
It’s important to give a detailed report of the incident to your employer right away. Although 74% of states require all businesses to have workers’ comp, different states have varying time limits on how long you have to file a report. Even if you think it’s a minor injury that will pass, you should report it immediately.
- Hire a workers compensation attorney
Unfortunately, some employers will try to manipulate employees or will want their injuries to go away in order to save money and time. This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to have a qualified workers compensation lawyer on your side. He or she can take all the time you require to explain the process and the important ins and outs you need to know — like paperwork filing deadlines, proper medical procedures, which doctor to see, and whether or not to make any kind of statement or settlement.
- Just notify vocally
If you’re going to convey your injury to your employer vocally, you need to be sure to put everything in writing as well. This will go a long way in proving your claim, and that way, your employer can’t contradict what you have in writing or brush off what you say.
- Downplay the accident
Some employers and physicians approved by your company’s insurance will want you to downplay your injury or may report an injury as less serious than it actually is. In this case, your employer and the approved doctor is not on your side. Do not be swayed by attempts to change your account of the incident, and if you feel the doctor has misrepresented your injury, get a second opinion.
- Discuss your case
Do not discuss your case with anyone who is not a necessary party. You should discuss your case only with your workers compensation attorney, your employer, and your spouse, if applicable. Do not discuss your case with friends, coworkers, extended family, or insurance claims adjusters.
If you’ve been injured on the job and are considering filing a workers compensation case, contact our legal team right away. Our experienced workers compensation attorneys can provide the knowledge and expertise required for you to receive proper financial compensation for your injuries.