When you suffer a work-related accident that results in one or more injuries, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company is legally liable for ensuring that you receive proper treatment and rehabilitation. Employees who incur one or more injuries on the job, on the other hand, must follow legal criteria while making a workers’ compensation claim.
Your employer’s insurance company may try to challenge your workers’ compensation claim if you make just one error throughout the claims procedure. Let’s take a look at some of the errors that might jeopardize your workers’ compensation claim. If you have questions, contact PLBSH at (800) 435-7542 for a legal consultation.
Refusal to seek medical help
Maybe you didn’t think the injury was bad enough to seek medical treatment, or you just decided to “shake it off” and let the wounds heal on their own. Regardless of the cause, failing to seek medical attention following a job accident is the worst mistake you can make. Your doctor will provide you all of the medical proof you need to submit to the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. The cornerstone of your workers’ compensation claim is proving that you got medical treatment for your injuries.
Your injury is not being reported
A workers’ compensation claim is nullified if you do not report your injuries to your employer. Within 30 days of the working incident that resulted in the injuries, you must notify your employer. Reporting a workplace accident on the same day that it occurs shows a feeling of urgency. Your employer is required to provide you with a claim form, which you must fill out and submit to the California Division of Worker’s Compensation.
Ignoring medical professional advice
Ignoring your doctor’s recovery plan causes the healing process to be slowed. It also provides your employer’s insurance provider with a compelling cause to deny your workers’ compensation claim. Some insurance firms engage private investigators to look for anything that might jeopardize the validity of your claim. If you refuse to return to work after your doctor has cleared you, your employer’s insurance company may deny your workers’ compensation claim, claiming that you are fit to work again.
There isn’t enough information in the claim
A thorough narrative of the occurrence that resulted in one or more workplace injuries is required on the form you submit for a workers’ compensation claim. You may have forgotten to provide a small detail regarding the accident site or omitted to mention one of the eyewitnesses. Your employer’s insurance company may accuse you of lying to them by missing crucial facts or exaggerating your account of the workplace accident.
This is one of the many reasons to hire an employment law attorney. At PLBSH we can help ensure you get the help you need. Call us now at (800) 435-7542 to request a consultation.