The moment a workplace accident occurs sets in motion a series of critical steps and decisions that ultimately determine the fate of a potential workers’ compensation claim. Mistakes during the claims process can be disastrous, potentially leaving injured workers without the support they need to recover and regain their livelihoods.
Fortunately, most of these blunders can be avoided, and you can take proactive steps to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve after a workplace accident. Below are common mistakes that can hurt your chances of a successful workers’ compensation claim.
1. Failing to report the injury on time
One of the most significant mistakes is delaying to report the workplace accident to your employer. It can lead to skepticism about your injuries, making it harder to prove your case. In addition, your claim may be denied due to failing to inform your employer on time. Remember, the clock starts ticking as soon as the accident occurs.
2. Lack of medical documentation
Ignoring immediate medical attention, neglecting follow-up appointments and failing to follow the doctor’s orders can undermine your workers’ compensation claim. It can raise doubts about the severity of your injuries and your commitment to getting better.
3. Providing insufficient or inaccurate information
Incomplete or incorrect information on your claim form can lead to delays or denials. Be thorough and honest when filling out the paperwork, and avoid errors or omissions in the paperwork.
4. Not seeking legal guidance
Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be complex, and it’s best to have qualified legal assistance to help you make sense of everything. Do not wait until your claim is denied or you encounter challenges to seek the necessary legal guidance – it will only lead to further complications and potential delays.