Workers’ compensation benefits can really come through when you are injured on the job. Therefore, it helps to ensure you handle every step right after a workplace injury for a successful workers’ compensation claim.
Mistakes can jeopardize your chances of getting the benefits you badly need, from medical expenses to missed wages occasioned by your injuries. Your claim could be denied, delayed or benefits slashed due to these avoidable blunders many make after a workplace accident.
Neglecting immediate medical attention
You may downplay your injuries, hoping they will heal quickly without requiring extensive medical treatment or compensation. However, it could work against you. You may have difficulty proving the origin or severity of your injuries with your workers’ compensation claim.
Seek medical attention, and remember to follow your doctor’s treatment instructions. It can go a long way in protecting your benefits.
Delayed reporting of the accident to your employer
Promptly inform your employer or supervisor of a workplace accident as soon as possible. Minnesota law is particularly strict on this. You have 14 days to report your accident. Go beyond the prescribed period without valid reasons, and you risk having your claim denied. It can also raise suspicion about the seriousness or legitimacy of your claim.
Providing incomplete or inaccurate information
It helps to be thorough with the paperwork when making a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Giving incorrect, inconsistent or incomplete information can hurt your claim, even if your case is deserving. It’s best to document every aspect of your workplace accident and refer to your records if you are unsure of any detail related to your accident.
Lack of qualified assistance
The road to workers’ compensation benefits is a legal process, and it helps to have the proper guidance. You never know the hurdles you will run into along the way. You will also be better placed to make informed decisions, assert your rights and protect your interests with the necessary help.