Our firm provides informative and tenacious representation to employees who have suffered on-the-job injuries and illnesses. Filing for workers' compensation can be complicated, and there are a variety of mistakes you might make that could hinder your ability to receive a settlement. We will discuss your options and guide you through the process.
In order to protect your workers’ compensation claim, there are several mistakes you should avoid:
- Failing to seek medical attention after an accident. After you have been involved in an accident at work, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Even if you don’t feel injured, you should still make an appointment to see your doctor. This will help ensure you don’t have any underlying soft tissue injuries that may not exhibit symptoms right away. Furthermore, seeing a doctor is important to prove that your injuries occurred at work. If you fail to see a doctor, the insurance company may claim that you were not actually injured at work, or that your injuries are not as bad as you say they are.
- Failing to follow the doctor’s orders. Once you see a doctor, he or she may prescribe various treatments for your condition. This may involve physical therapy, medication, and follow-up appointments. If you fail to follow the treatment plan, your claim may be put in jeopardy. The insurance company may say that your injuries are not as bad as you claim, and you may be unable to receive workers' compensation benefits.
- Waiting to notify your employer. After an on-the-job accident, it is important to tell your employer right away. If you wait to notify your employer, the insurance company may claim that your injuries did not actually occur at work. It is important to communicate honestly and clearly with your employer throughout the process, and to notify him or her of your injuries as soon as possible to protect your claim.
- Failing to return to work on light duties. If the doctor clears you to return to work under modified or light duties, and you refuse to follow instructions, your claim may be denied. It is important to abide by your doctor’s orders, and to return to work as soon as possible. However, if you find that returning to work under light duties is too strenuous, you should talk with your doctor.
- Exaggerating your symptoms. When you suffer an on-the-job injury, it is important to avoid exaggerating your symptoms. Everything you tell your employer, coworkers, and doctor will be recorded, and any inconsistencies in your story will put your claim at risk. The insurance company will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the truthfulness of your workers’ compensation claim. It is best to avoid embellishments and to keep your story truthful from start to finish.
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At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, we have guided countless clients to successful legal solutions. Our team stays up to date on federal and state employment laws, and will walk you through the process. If you have suffered an injury at work, it is important to act quickly and file a claim. Our Glendale workers’ compensation lawyers will analyze your situation and fight for the maximum amount of compensation available.
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