Every passing day, millions of workers dedicate their skills, talents and time to their jobs — and many of them end up injured in the process.
If you are hurt while performing your duty, you may be eligible for a workers’ compensation claim. However, it is important to understand that what you do immediately following your injury can greatly impact your case. Here are common pitfalls that can ruin your workers’ compensation claim.
Failing to act immediately following the accident
It is not uncommon for a worker to be disoriented, confused or dazed moments after an injury. You may not think clearly as you ought to, and it is okay. However, it is important that you notify the employer of the injury as soon as you can.
In Louisiana, you are required to notify your employer of the injury within 30 days. Do this in writing and retain a copy of your injury notification letter.
It is equally vital that you seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not feel any pain right away or believe your injury is insignificant, be sure to seek medical help. Your medical record will play an important role during your claim’s proceedings.
Failing to follow your doctor’s treatment plan
Another way your workers’ compensation claim can be denied is by failing to follow through with your doctor’s treatment plan. If your doctor recommends that you go for follow-up tests or physical therapy sessions, it is vital that you follow this to the letter. Never brush off your doctor’s directive even if you are feeling better.
Failing to honor your doctor’s treatment plan is the easiest way for your employer and the insurance companies to argue that your injuries may not be as serious as you are claiming they are, and this can greatly hurt your compensation amount.
Workers’ compensation benefits can offer a crucial financial lifeline when are hurt at work. However, it is important to note and avoid the mistakes that can hurt your claim.