Mistakes to Avoid
You have a great deal of responsibility in making sure you are being treated fairly when you are going through the workers’ compensation claims process. Unfortunately, while you are injured, paying attention to these details may seem overwhelming.
Here are a few areas to be aware of and some common mistakes to avoid:
- Failure to timely report the accident to your employer
- Not seeking medical care immediately
- Neglecting to inform the company approved physician of the details of your accident
- Refusing to Cooperate with your Posted Panel Doctor
- Returning to work without a WC-240 form
- Not anticipating that you may be followed and video-taped by a private investigator
- Allowing your case to get stale and worth less in settlement
- Hiring and firing multiple lawyers
- Failure to fully inform your lawyer of all facts of your case
- Filing for Social Security disability without first speaking to your workers’ comp. lawyer
- Filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy without first consulting your workers’ comp. lawyer
Successfully navigating a worker’s compensation claim can be quite overwhelming. It’s important to seek qualified legal counsel to help guide you through this complicated minefield. You don’t have to do it all on your own.