Mistakes to Avoid

August 21, 2019

Pennsylvania employees who are injured on the job are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits such as payment for medical expenses resulting from the accident and lost wages in the event of disability. However, workers who do not satisfy all the legal requirements jeopardize the viability of their claims. The following are some of the most common mistakes that injured workers should take care to avoid.

Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes to Avoid

  • Reporting the accident too late or not at all – Workers should report their accidents to their employers as soon as possible. Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, they have 120 days to do so without forfeiting their eligibility for benefits.
  • Failing to provide sufficient information – Claimants should include all details pertaining to their accident, including how the accident occurred, whether there were any witnesses, and what kind of injuries they sustained. Workers should also keep their own records, including their version of events, injuries, symptoms, doctors’ visits, and costs associated with the injury.
  • Not double-checking – It is important to double-check the insurance adjuster’s Average Weekly Wage calculation.
  • Malingering – It is not in a worker’s best interest to exaggerate or attempt to fake their injuries. Doctors often perform tests to expose such malingering and will record the results of such tests in the patients’ files.
  • Downplaying injuries – It is also not advantageous for workers to downplay their injuries. Not informing the doctor of the extent of their injuries may cause them to miss out on all the benefits to which they are entitled.
  • Failing to comply with the doctor’s orders – Those who do not comply with the doctor’s orders regarding medical treatment or physical therapy put their claim at risk.
  • Not returning to light duty work when able – Workers must return to light duty work when the doctor says they are ready or else risk losing their benefits. It is important to show up for the light duty work; job duties can always be negotiated later.
  • Returning to work too soon – However, workers should not return to work before they are medically ready or else risk sustaining further injuries.
  • Getting caught performing duties beyond the doctor’s restrictions – Insurance companies may hire investigators to help them prove that workers are performing duties beyond their restrictions. Workers may be discredited by being caught on camera performing acts outside of their restrictions.
  • Not hiring an attorney – Generally, employers and insurance adjusters do not have workers’ best interests at heart. It is therefore imperative to hire the right workers’ compensation attorney when it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim, collecting benefits, or filing an appeal.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Workers Avoid Costly Mistakes

If you were injured at work, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. as soon as possible. You need a skilled attorney on your side to ensure that your claim is filed properly, your rights are protected, and you receive the maximum amount of benefits to which you are entitled. We proudly represent all types of workers in Philadelphia and throughout the state. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW.

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