4 Common Mistakes Made by Injured Workers After an Injury

May 20, 2015

The process of applying for workers’ compensation can be tricky, especially if you try to do it alone. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we have seen a lot of people through the years who keep making the same mistakes, over and over again. That is why so many people who applied for workers’ comp on their own end up coming to us for help after that initial claim was denied.

We want you to have the best possible chance you can at getting workers’ compensation benefits. Make sure to avoid these common mistakes:

  1. Don’t quit your job. Simply put, workers’ comp benefits are for workers. You might feel pressured to quit by a boss or a colleague or even your own family: don’t do it. If you quit your job, you could lose your coverage and ruin any chances you have of obtaining more compensation.
  2. Don’t sit around doing nothing. When you are designated as “partially” disabled by the Workers’ Compensation Board, then you have to keep working in some capacity. Maybe that means light duty, or maybe it means finding another position you can fulfill at your company. If you stop working altogether and the WCB sees you only as partially disabled, you could lose your benefits.
  3. Don’t lie on your application. Whatever you do, don’t exaggerate what your job entails or how hurt you are. Not only won’t it help you get more money, but your claim will be denied, and you could be brought up on charges of fraud. Make an appointment with a doctor about your injuries so that you can accurately explain them on your application.
  4. Don’t try to go it alone. You probably know a lot of people who said, “Oh, you don’t need a lawyer. You can apply on your own.” But people who apply for benefits without the help of a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer often get denied. Even what seems like a teeny tiny mistake on your application can get your claim denied.

You wouldn’t try to fill your own cavity, right? So why would you seek help after an injury with anyone who isn’t a workers’ compensation lawyer? At Larry Pitt & Associates, we help people like you and families like yours get the help they need in order to recover after a workplace injury. If you were denied benefits, schedule a visit at one of our multiple office locations serving injured workers throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.