Posted on: 21 November 2019
When you're in the process of filing and defending a workers' compensation claim, every move you make has the potential to impact your claim. You want to make sure you avoid making wrong moves that negatively impact your prospects regarding your claim.
The following are six wrong moves to avoid so that you don't compromise your workers' compensation claim:
1. Not keeping all relevant documentation
Documentation is important in any kind of court case, including a workers' compensation case. You need to show documents such as your medical records, employment agreement, accident, and expenses resulting from your injury.
Being organized is a huge asset when it comes to winning a workers' compensation case. Having all relevant documents with you and presenting them to your lawyer is necessary to support your case as much as possible.
2. Waiting too long to get treated for your injury
It won't look good for your case if you wait for an extended period of time before seeking medical attention for your injury. Prompt treatment is important both for your health and for your workers' compensation case.
3. Waiting too long to make a claim
You'll be working with a deadline regarding your workers' compensation claim. If you wait too long to file, you will not be able to file at all. Be aware of any statute of limitations that applies to your case. The sooner you get started pursuing your claim, the better off you will be.
4. Not notifying your employer of your injury right away
Another thing that looks suspicious regarding your claim is waiting to discuss your claim with your employer. You should report your injury immediately to your employer when it happens.
5. Posting compromising information or pictures on social media pages
It's important to realize that the attorney for your employer or your employer's workers' compensation insurance provider could be checking what you're posting on social media.
Therefore, it's important to avoid posting any photos or messages that could make it seem that any parts of your claim are inaccurate or dishonest.
6. Giving a recorded statement without your attorney
In a lot of cases, representatives from the employer's insurance company might try to pressure you into giving a recorded statement before you've hired an attorney or when your attorney is not present. This is a big mistake.
If your employer's insurance provider gets you to make a recorded statement, they will try to get you to provide information that compromises your case. Never give a recorded statement without your workers' compensation law attorney.