Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
April 9, 2018
Many workers try to handle work injury claims on their own. Unfortunately, this can often lead to failure. Claims that are not filed properly and in the right time will be denied. Claims that do not have the right evidence can result in dismissal. Often workers fail to ask for all the benefits they deserve.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, our experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers understand the worker’s compensation process. We answer all your questions. We can also help you avoid common mistakes that can hold up your claim for benefits, such as:
- Failing to inform the employer about their injury the right way and in a timely manner. Employees who are injured at work need to notify their employer, manager, or supervisor that they’ve had an accident. Prompt notice is required. Employers usually have written rules for who to tell, how to tell it, and which forms should be completed. Giving proper notice also helps confirm that you had an accident and need medical help. Insurance companies may argue that your injury really isn’t serious if you don’t provide prompt notice. Quick notice is also important to help prevent other workers from suffering the same type of accident – such as falling over loose wires. Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers will usually argue that failure to give notice isn’t essential if the employer had actual notice of the accident from other sources.
- Failing to file the claim on time. There are statute of limitations requirements for bringing work injury claims. If you file too late, your claim will be denied.
- Not seeing a doctor right away. Delay in seeing a physician can hurt your claim in two ways. First, you are not getting the medical care you need. Second, the employer will likely argue that if you were really hurt, you would have gotten immediate help.
- Saying you’re Ok when you’re not. Don’t help the employer’s case. Help yourself. If you’re in pain, you should let your supervisor or employer know you’re hurting.
- Failing to tell your physician how the accident happened. Your doctor needs to be able to confirm that your injuries are related to your workplace accident. An experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney works with your physician to confirm in medical reports and testimony that your injuries were caused by your slip and fall, electric shock, or any other workplace accident.
- Not doing what the doctor tells you. Employers and insurance carriers will argue that your work and medical benefits should be terminated if you don’t follow your doctor’s advice. If you think the doctor is giving you bad advice, our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers will seek to have you treated by another doctor. Many employers work with nurse case managers who will immediately inform the employer if you miss appointments or fail to follow their recommendations.
Other mistakes employees commonly make that can jeopardize their right to job injury benefits include:
- Failing to seek work and attend job interviews if a doctor says you can work with specific job limitations
- Relying on the employer to file the forms for you instead of contacting a respected Philadelphia worker’s compensation lawyer
- Not filing appeals in a timely manner and not making the right arguments on appeal
The best way to avoid these costly mistakes is to speak with an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we have been fighting for injured workers for years. We represent clients throughout several Counties in eastern Pennsylvania, including Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. Please phone us today at 888.PITT.LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.