An Aggressive Advocate, When You Need It Most.

Avoiding common workers’ comp claim mistakes

Published on Apr 8, 2019 at 6:29 pm in Firm News.

Suffering an injury at work can be terrifying, leaving you uncertain as to when you can return to work, how you will provide for your family and more. The U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics reported that in 2017, employees suffered 882,730 workplace injuries or illnesses that resulted in days away from work.

Fortunately, Pennsylvania requires most employers to provide employees with access to workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, the process to recovering the compensation you need can be confusing. To efficiently move the process along, below are several common mistakes made throughout the process of filing a claim and recovering:

Failing to report your injury to your supervisor

Whether due to anxiety over how your employer will react or your own failure to notice the severity of your injury, you may not report your injury to your supervisor right away. Reporting your injury to your supervisor, human resources professional or other manager is key to pursuing the compensation you need to recover. After you report your injury, you should immediately take steps to file your workers’ compensation claim.

Failing to comply with rules on health care providers

Pennsylvania law permits employers to require injured workers to visit a physician or health care provider of their own recommendation. While you may wish to seek the opinion of your own doctor, after your employer accepts your claim, you must work with a provider of their choosing for 90 days following your initial visit. If you do visit a health care provider not on your employer’s list, you could risk your employer’s insurance refusing to pay for the visit.

Returning to work too soon

Workers’ comp benefits can offer critical financial relief while you recover from your injuries. However, the benefits provided may not equate to your full paycheck. Because of this, your own desire to get back to work or even employer pressure to return, you may return to the workplace earlier than recommended. However, doing this could further aggravate your injury. You should comply with the return date as indicated by your doctor.

Not working with an attorney

Workers’ compensation claims can be complex and making a single mistake could delay your payments, result in less compensation than you are due and more. Working with a lawyer can help to protect your interests and ensure you continually comply both with your employer’s policies and Pennsylvania law.

Request Attorney Consultation

Call us or fill out the form below to schedule a confidential case evaluation. We can help you determine if you need a lawyer, if you have a potential case, and if so, what your next step should be.

Legal & Firm News

Which Type of Doctor Should You See Immediately Following an Accident?

Car accident injuries can range from minor to severe, and it is not always easy to tell the difference between the two. The onset of symptoms can be slow for some injuries, and may even develop over the hours, days, and weeks immediately following a collision. Knowing when and where to seek medical care after […]

Read More

5 Summer Road Hazards to Watch Out for When Driving

The summer season is the time of year when Pennsylvania residents enjoy the warm weather and soaking up the sun. Kids are generally out of school, college students are home on break, it’s prime weather for construction crews to chip away at their to-do list, and residents and tourists alike travel up and down the […]

Read More

What Are Crumple Zones and How Do They Work?

Crumple zones are an important safety design that limit car accident injuries and reduce the number of vehicular fatalities. While a crushed crumple zone might make the aftermath of an accident look especially severe, it is more likely an indication that a vehicle performed as designed. Drivers and passengers alike are more likely to survive […]

Read More