Avoid Common Mistakes
December 4, 2018
When you or a loved one is injured on the job, it can be overwhelming to keep up with the medical expenses and other consequences of the workplace injury. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. understand what you are going through, and we are here to help.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, disability, specific loss benefits and more. Having an attorney on your side can be a huge advantage in workers’ compensation cases. However, many people decide to file without legal assistance, which can lead to costly mistakes. Some of the most common mistakes we have seen workers make include:
Missing the Reporting Deadline
In Pennsylvania, you are required to notify your employer about your workplace injuries within 120 days of the accident. The notice should be in writing and should include details such as where and how the accident happened, what injuries you sustained and whether there were any witnesses.
Thinking Their Employer Is on Their Side
Employers and their insurance companies are not on your side. Even if you are on good terms with your employer, he or she may still seek to protect their financial interests when it comes your injury and may deny your claim or seek to give you less than you deserve.
Missing the Statute of Limitations and Other Deadlines
Certain occupational illnesses and other injuries that develop over time may be exempt from the 120-day requirement. However, depending on what state you are in, there are other specific deadlines that may apply. In Pennsylvania for example, a worker’s occupational disability must have occurred within 300 weeks of his or her injury.
Assuming Their Medical Records Are Private
While medical records are generally protected by privacy law, this is not the case in workers’ compensation cases. Once a worker files for workers’ compensation benefits, they forfeit their right to privacy and their medical records may be reviewed by interested parties in the case such as the insurance carriers, workers’ compensation judges and vocational experts.
Trusting the Insurance Adjuster or Medical Providers Employed by The Insurance Company
The insurance adjuster works for your employer and therefore does not necessarily have your best interest in mind. Your treating doctor as well as your independent medical examination (IME) doctor or your rehabilitation nurse may all be giving you incorrect legal advice either on purpose or inadvertently.
Not Seeking Legal Advice from Qualified Counsel
Many injured workers decide to handle their workers’ compensation claim on their own without an attorney. Insurance adjusters may try to offer you a low settlement or they may give you less than they verbally agreed to if you fail to get the offer in writing.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Injured Workers Avoid Mistakes When Filing a Claim for Benefits
If you were injured in a workplace accident, contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help you navigate the legal process and get the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW.
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