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Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Workers Comp Case

Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Workers Comp Case

 

Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Workers Comp CaseBoise workers compensation attorneys and lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm are dedicated to helping clients who have suffered a personal injury while on the job. Our worker’s compensation lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you obtain a fair settlement for the injuries you sustained while at work. Our lawyers will help you deal with insurance companies, medical bills, and lost wages resulting from an accident at work. The worker’s compensation attorneys and lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Boise will fight to get you every penny you’re owed. However, there are some common mistakes you should be aware of to avoid hurting your worker's comp case.

Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Workers Comp Case

Mistake 1: Failing to Report Your Accident Properly

The most import thing you can do to help your worker's comp case is to report your accident to your employer. Most jobs which involve the risk of accident, have an employee manual which tells the accident policy. If this is the case, follow the guidelines in the manual to properly report your injury or accident. If there is no accident policy, let your supervisors, co-workers and any human resource people known of your injuries.

Sometimes a workers compensation claim is denied because the employer was not notified of the accident in a timely manner. Some employees tell the injured worker that they had to report the accident within 24 hours. Though this is not the law. In addition, some employers will tell a recent hire that they are not yet eligible for work comp benefits. This is also not the law. Typically, the law only requires that written notice be given within 30 days of the accident. However, there are exceptions to this rule. We recommend contacting an experienced workers compensation lawyer from Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle complications such as this.

Mistake 2: Failing to Give an Accurate Medical History

After being injured on the job, you will want to visit a medical professional to obtain medical records of the injuries. This will greatly help your case. However, while visiting with the doctor or medical professional, be sure to give an accurate and up to date medical history. If you fail to tell the medical provider how your injury occurred or that it occurred while at work, you could be harming your claim. This could also prevent you from receiving the medical care you need. Tell the medical provider of all your symptoms or complaints so they can properly diagnose the situation.

Mistake 3: Failing to Follow Up on Requested Medical Treatment

When a medical professional suggests medical treatment or follow up procedures, they do so for your benefit. Failing to follow up with treatment could harm your worker's compensation claim. Be thorough with the doctors you are working with and follow all instructions given to be sure to have the best outcome. When an injured employee continues to miss appointments, the insurance company or your employer have the option to suspend your work comp benefits.

Mistake 4: Not Knowing When to Return to Work

At the request of the worker's compensation insurance, most employers will provide light duty to the injured worker. Either the employer or the insurance adjuster may request that the injured worker returns to work. Unfortunately, this could cause a hostile environment that could cause problems for your claim, your settlement offer, and your employment. Since the employer now has to find tasks that the injured worker is capable of, other employees may be asked to assist which could create an uncomfortable environment for everyone. It is important to remember to perform only tasks within your work restrictions as to not harm your recovery process. If an employer asks you to perform duty outside of your restrictions, show them your doctor’s note that contains your work restrictions. If your doctor does not approve the job description or your employer asks you to work outside your restrictions, you do not have to return to work.

Mistake 5: Not Hiring an Experienced Workers Compensation Lawyer

After being injured on the job, many people fail to seek the advice of a workers compensation lawyer for the following reasons.

  • They don’t believe they need a lawyer.
  • They don’t know of a lawyer to contact, so they don’t bother to find one.
  • They aren’t sure if they can trust a lawyer, so they won’t use one.
  • The insurance company told them they would end up with less money if they hired a lawyer. (This is definitely NOT true.)
  • They fear their employer will retaliate against them or treat them poorly.

All of these reasons to hire a lawyer. In spite of all these fears, an experienced workers compensation lawyer from Parke Gordon Law Firm will fight for every penny you deserve. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call Parke Gordon Law Firm today for a free consultation with an experienced work comp lawyer at 208-322-7274.

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