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These common mistakes could harm your workers’ compensation claim

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured while performing a work-related activity. However, you must follow a specific process to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

Certain mistakes can impact your workers’ compensation claim, potentially leading to a denial of benefits or delays in receiving them. The following are some common pitfalls to avoid if you are hurt on the job.

Failure to report the injury on time

It’s best to promptly inform your employer of a workplace accident as soon as it happens. You could lose your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits if you fail to do so within 30 days, per California law.

Delaying medical treatment

Do not downplay the severity of your injuries and fail to seek medical attention. It can raise doubts about the legitimacy of your claim. It’s crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible after your injury to document your condition and begin treatment. Complying with your doctor’s instructions is equally important to avoid unnecessary complications.

Lack of documentation

Keeping detailed records of your injury, medical treatment and any communication with your employer related to your claim. These records can serve as evidence to support your claim and protect your rights.

Posting on social media

Refrain from sharing information about your injury or activities on social media, as they can be used against you. Your posts could be misinterpreted or cast doubts about the severity of your injuries or need for benefits.

Not understanding your rights

Learning more about your rights under workers’ compensation laws, the benefits you deserve and how everything works can help protect your interests. If you have any questions or need clarification on how to proceed with your claim, consider seeking qualified legal guidance concerning how to navigate the claims process effectively.

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