If you were recently injured while on the job, one of your next steps is to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive the benefits you deserve. However, this process can sometimes be a bit complicated and mistakes are often made that can compromise the outcome of it.
Here are some of the most common mistakes that are made when filing a workers’ compensation claim, which you should be aware of:
- Failing to report the injury: The process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits hinge on this all-important step. An employer must receive notice of any work-related injury, which can be done in writing or in person. Make sure your report it fully, accurately, and as soon as possible since it establishes a firm foundation for your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you fail to report your injury, this could jeopardize your entire claim.
- Failing to seek medical treatment: The details of a work-related accident should all be part of a worker’s medical record, so it is imperative that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If any information is missing, or you neglected to see a doctor, it could potentially lead to the denial of the claim.
- Relying on private health insurance: If you reported your work injury to your employer and he or she suggests you claim benefits under your private health insurance, do not agree to this. Workers’ compensation covers more than just your medical bills. It provides disability benefits, medical expense reimbursements, and a range of other benefits that are intended to assist you when you suffer an injury or illness that is related to your work. As such, your private health insurance is not a substitute for the benefits you would receive through workers’ compensation. Regardless of what your employer says, do not shortchange yourself by solely relying on private health insurance.
- Misconceptions about valid workers’ compensation claims: Oftentimes, injured workers fail to report their injuries or choose not to file a claim due to a number of misconceptions regarding workers’ compensation claims. For example, you might assume that you cannot claim these benefits if you have not missed any time from work, but the truth is that these benefits are not solely for those who sustained injuries that prevent them from working. Workers’ compensation includes reimbursement for health care services, including prescription medication, mileage, and parking reimbursement for traveling to and from medical treatments.
Another reason why some might choose not to file a workers’ compensation claim is because he or she cannot single out a specific event that caused the injury even though it was sustained at work. If a series of events lead to your workplace injury, you can still receive benefits. For example, if you were injured due to performing certain repetitive activities, such as lifting heavy objects, you might still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are unsure if you have a valid workers’ compensation claim, or need help to determine what steps to take next, you need a skilled attorney who is experienced in this area of practice to help you navigate this complex process.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Orange County
At Alvandi Law Group, P.C., our Orange County team of workers’ compensation attorneys are here to walk you through the claims process and handle all the paperwork from start to finish while you focus on recovery. If you were injured at your place of work, we will help fight for your right to the benefits you need during this time. Reach out to us to get started on your case.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not pay us until we win.
Call us today at (800) 980-6905 to schedule a free consultation.