If you have been injured while working, then you might have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we have dealt with many cases just like yours. You can call us now at 800-333-0000 for help or keep reading to learn the top tips that can help you maximize the claim you receive.
Get Medical Care Right Away
The best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure you get medical care as soon after the accident as possible. The sooner you do this, the better your chances will be of having a viable claim. If you decide to wait a day or two to get help, there are two main things that can happen. One, this might look as though you are not as injured as you claim you are. Two, it could be argued that you were injured somewhere other than work.
Tell Your Employer That You Were Injured
There is no reason to wait to tell your employer that you are injured. The longer you take to tell them, the harder it is going to be for your employer, or the insurance company, to believe that you have a legitimate claim. Even if you feel that you have a good reason not to tell them, trust us when we tell you that you should tell them as soon as possible.
File Your Workers’ Compensation Claim as Soon as Possible
It is not enough to just tell your employer that you were injured. When you inform them, they should provide you with a workers’ compensation claim. Make sure that everything you include on this form is accurate. Even a minor mistake can lead to an unnecessary delay.
Be Consistent and Honest in Your Statements
You will likely have to talk to several people to tell them how you were injured. Make sure that you tell the same, concise, consistent truth to all medical professionals. Always be sincere and do not make excuses for any injuries or symptoms. You should assume that everything you are saying will be analyzed by someone who does not want to approve your claim.
The insurance company might try to find pre-existing conditions that give them an excuse to deny your claim. Knowing this, you might feel tempted to downplay or neglect to admit to injuries. This is a mistake. Do not hide any previous injuries, but do be clear that prior to your accident, that injury did not cause disabling symptoms.
Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have issues filing your claim, if your claim is denied, or if you simply want to make sure that there is someone on your side, consider talking to a personal injury attorney. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.