Workplace injuries can be devastating, especially if you are faced with
severe life-altering injuries. It could be even more frustrating if your
injury was a result of the negligence of your employer or coworker. If
you are planning to file a worker’s compensation lawsuit, avoid
making the below mistakes.
1.Waiting to report your injury—One of the biggest mistakes injured employees make is not reporting their
injury right away. Even if you think the injury isn’t that extensive,
you should always report the injury right away. Failing to report your
injury right away could result in your company’s workers’
compensation agent claiming your injury was not work related.
2.Not seeking medical attention immediately – The second biggest mistake employees make is holding off seeing the doctor.
You could be denied compensation if your doctor is ill-informed about
your injury. Many injuries may not surface for a few days due to shock
or stress, but x-rays or MRI’s might reveal them before you’re
in too much pain. Furthermore, when you visit the doctor, their advice
and opinion are the most favorable evidence for your workers’ compensation claim.
3.Talking to your employer about your rights – Regardless of how chummy you are with your employer, don’t discuss
your injuries with him or her. Remember, your interests and wellbeing
are not a top priority for your manager.
4.Trusting your workers’ compensation insurance company – Just as we mentioned your employer wouldn’t have your best interests
in mind, neither will your employer’s insurance company. Insurance
agents will likely look for ways to limit the amount they pay you in the
settlement. If you feel the insurance company is offering you less than
you need to pay your medical bills and make up for lost wages, you should
contact our Medford workers’ comp attorney.
5.Not seeking out legal advice about your injury – As a workers’ compensation attorney, it is in our best interests
to ensure you are awarded the highest possible compensation available
from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Your
wins are our wins! We have dedicated our entire practice to helping those
injured on the job seek compensation for their injuries.
If you are ready to file your workers’ compensation claim, contact
our Medford workers’ comp attorney
today for more information on what to do next.