Common Worker’s Comp Claim Mistakes
- Posted on: Jul 1 2018
Making a mistake in filing your worker’s comp case can result in the entire claim being dismissed. It’s absolutely vital that you avoid as many mistakes as you can and that you have someone experienced with these claims read over your paperwork before you file it. Here are some of the most common mistakes you can make that can lead to your claim being dismissed.
You Miss a Deadline
Whether you didn’t report your injury timely or you filed the paperwork late, any missed deadline can result in a dismissed claim. Don’t wait to file reports or get the ball rolling on your claim. New York only gives you three years from the date of the accident, so don’t assume you have time to handle your injuries, go through physical therapy, rebuild your life, and then file your claim. It takes time to get everything together, so start as soon as you can.
You Don’t File Everything Needed
Another common mistake is leaving out a form, forgetting to file a witness testimony, or missing medical records. Make certain you’re submitting all of the paperwork you need.
You Didn’t Document the Injury
Some worker’s comp injuries occur in full view of a dozen other employees and witnesses. Others may occur when you’re the only person around. If that’s the case, it’s important you document what happened as soon as you can. Write down exactly what occurred and, if possible, take photos or videos when you’re able to. Never put your well being at risk in order to take these photos but do so as soon as you’re capable. You want to be able to show that something did occur. Report it to your supervisors, let other co-workers know what happens (for their safety as much as for your claim), and write down the chain of events that led to the accident. This way, you get down your experiences as soon as you can so you aren’t relying on memory later.
Worker’s comp cases can be some of the most complicated legal procedures you’ll ever deal with. That’s why it’s important to work with professionals who understand the process and know what you need. Contact Maximum Orthopedics today for assistance in your worker’s comp case. These experts understand what you need and will help you avoid making mistakes when you file your claim.