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Common mistakes that hurt workers’ compensation claims

On Behalf of | May 13, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

If you get hurt or become ill because of your job, workers’ compensation is there to provide relief. The money available helps the injured take care of bills during the healing process.

Hopefully, this situation never happens to you. In the event it does, receiving funds requires filing a claim. Decision-makers can delay or reject workers’ compensation applications for a variety of reasons. Awareness of these sticking points should help you avoid them.

Failing to notify the employer

Bosses need to receive details about on-the-job injuries in a timely fashion. It is the responsibility of the hurt individual to make sure this happens. Some states have a statutory deadline for reporting an incident or medical diagnosis. Even if one does not apply to where you are, procrastinating with this duty could result in a delay.

Giving inaccurate or insufficient information

Mistakes on workers’ compensation forms are interpretable as fraud, which is a crime. In a worst-case scenario, you would end up in jail. At best, incorrect data might slow your claim. Even honest errors have a way of creating trouble.

Refusing medical treatment

For your claim to be a success, follow the advice of your physician. Doing otherwise causes an absence of documentation. Without appropriate files, it is harder for compensation boards to verify claims. It could also aggravate your condition or cause healing to take longer. Worker’s compensation authorities wish to pay no more than necessary.

Avoid these mistakes when filing a workers’ compensation claim. Failure to heed these warnings means you might wind up in a regrettable fiscal pinch.