If you have been injured on the job, it is important that you protect your right to compensation for your injuries and lost time at work. For most people, worker’s compensation claims go smoothly and they get the compensation they need. However, there are some cases in which companies try to avoid paying worker’s compensation.
What you do during this time of recovery is important. There are three common mistakes that people make when facing a worker’s compensation claim. If you make any of these mistakes, it may give the company the out they need to avoid paying for your injuries and losses.
Not Reporting Right Away
If you are hurt on the job, you need to report it to your immediate supervisor immediately. Even if the injury seems minor at first, you should report any and all injuries to management. It is their decision whether or not to administer first aid or send you to the doctor. When you do go to the doctor, make sure you go to an approved doctor on the list available to you from management.
Not Following Restrictions
Restrictions that are given to you by the worker’s compensation doctor are nonnegotiable. You must follow these restrictions both at work and at home. If you do not follow the restrictions you are given, it can be argued that you are not hurt as badly as you claim. This can greatly affect your ability to receive compensation for any medical bills, physical therapy, or lost work hours.
Posting on Social Media
Many people today use social media as a way to keep friends and family informed about their life. It is important to remember that everything on the internet can be accessed. If your employer goes to your Facebook page and discovers that you went boating when you were supposed to be unable to work due to injury, they can argue that you are not injured at all and put a stop to your worker’s compensation claim. Even if you are following restrictions, keep your extracurricular activities off social media until your claim is resolved and your injuries are healed.
If you are facing a worker’s compensation claim and are having difficulty getting the compensation you deserve, contact our offices for a consultation today. We can evaluate your case and help you fight back to get the compensation you deserve.