It is not unusual for a workers’ compensation claim to be ruined due to a lawyer who is inexperienced in this type of law. Claims are also lost because of mistakes on the part of the client. When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, you don’t want to be your own worst enemy. Here are the things you need to avoid.
- Not Reporting
You only have so much time under law to report your injury. Failure to do so negates your claim. If you are involved in an accident at work, report it. Even if you think you are not injured, you may feel the repercussions of your accident later.
- Making Things Up
Don’t lie to your physician. When you visit the doctor for your claim, do not amplify your injuries. Be honest with your physician and tell them exactly what is wrong. Trying to make your condition out to be worse than what it is could hurt you in court.
- Follow Through
When you win a workers’ compensation claim, you must abide by your doctor’s orders. If you are ordered to attend rehab for your injuries so that you can return to full function and get back to work, be sure to follow through.
- Show Up
You must show up for all scheduled hearings. Your attorney will advise you if they are able to appear on your behalf. If you are required to be present, make sure that you are. Skipping out on any hearing can reduce or cancel any benefits that you are awarded.
The workers’ compensation process can be a tedious one. It can also be long. Don’t do anything that will hurt your case. Follow your lawyer’s advice at all times and do what the court tells you to do. Remember, your goal is to get back to work if you can.
If you have been injured at work and need an attorney, call our offices today. A member of our team will review the facts of your case and advise you how to best proceed. Call now for a free case evaluation.