5 Little Known Facts that Could Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Case
Experienced Workers’ Compensation Claims Attorney Serving Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Sunrise Florida Areas
Workers’ compensation cases are sensitive. A small error could dramatically affect your case and even result in a denial and loss of benefits.
When you have a work-related injury or illness, you do have the right to compensation. However, you must go about it correctly to avoid a delay in those benefits.
Most injured workers try to file for compensation alone, which is why it is best to work with an attorney. When you hire a workers’ compensation attorney, you not only avoid these costly mistakes, but you speed up the entire filing process so that you can receive compensation faster.
What are 5 Mistakes Detrimental to Your Case?
If you have a workers’ compensation claim in South Florida, review these five common mistakes to ensure you are on the proper path to success.
Failing to Act Immediately after the Injury
You must act immediately after your injury or illness. While you might feel embarrassed or even confused, the sooner you seek medical attention, the better for your claim. If you wait weeks after the fact, the insurance company may deny your claim.
Also, you must inform the treating physician of your work injury and give the details of how it occurred. Make sure the treatments you receive and any specialist you see documents that you are receiving treatment for a work-related incident.
Falsifying or Exaggerating Symptoms
After a work-related injury, you must be extremely cautious about anything you say. Everything you state to physicians, healthcare providers, and fellow workers will be documented. Therefore, you must stay consistent. Do not exaggerate your symptoms or falsify information in any way.
Instead, be honest and avoid embellishments at all costs.
Failing to Follow Doctor’s Orders
You might receive a treatment plan from your physician, which could include physical therapy or several follow-up appointments. Do not ignore this advice. By ignoring the advice, you are putting your claim at risk.
Failing to Return to Work on Light Duty
If your doctor has given his or her approval to return to work on light duty, you are required to follow such instructions. If you fail to return to work, you may lose all compensation for your lost wages. If you return to light duty but find that it is too difficult, then consult with your physician.
Performing Acts Beyond Your Restrictions
After a serious injury, your doctor may restrict certain actions to help you heal faster. Do not perform anything that goes against these instructions. For example, saying that you cannot lift heavy objects, but then helping a friend or family member move that same weekend.
Speak with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
After a work-related accident, you need an attorney that understands the workers’ compensation laws of Florida.
To ensure your claim is not unreasonably denied, contact the Law Offices of Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld P.A today. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and we are here to help you through the workers’ compensation process.