Workers’ compensation benefits can provide crucial support when you get injured at work. However, even if you have a plausible case, oversights could compromise your eligibility to get benefits.
When you know some of the common mistakes people make when filing a claim, you can prevent disappointment. Your vigilance may improve your chances of a satisfactory outcome.
Not moving quickly enough
Depending on the severity of your injury, you will require immediate medical attention. In serious cases, your situation may prompt emergency response. However, once you have received adequate medical treatment, filing a claim with your employer should take priority.
Procrastinating the process of notifying your employer may jeopardize your eligibility. By law, if too much time passes between your injury and when you report it, your employer may no longer have the obligation to provide compensation. Make sure you understand state law requirements, as well as the expectations of your employer so you can file your claim accordingly.
Not complying with requirements
Your employer cannot give you benefits simply because you disclose a work-related injury. According to U.S. News, even if you have a legitimate claim, you must carefully follow the protocols for filing a claim. This includes using the specified medical providers that are in-network with your employer’s insurance, for example. It also includes thoroughly filling out the required paperwork, adhering to deadlines and providing evidence of your injury as requested.
Workers’ compensation benefits can greatly reduce financial hardship and incentivize your return to work. Given the gravity of filing a claim on the outcome of your situation, you may want to consider hiring an attorney to help you complete the process.