When you are injured while performing your job duties, filing a workers' compensation claim may seem like a straightforward process. However, there are many mistakes that can be made which may jeopardize your ability to receive the benefits you deserve.
Mistake #1: Waiting Too Long to Report an Injury
One of the most common mistakes that injured workers make is waiting too long to report the injury to their employer. Florida law requires you to report the injury to your employer within 30 days of the accident. If you fail to do so, you may lose your right to workers' compensation benefits altogether.
To avoid this mistake, make sure to report your injury as soon as possible. Notify your supervisor or manager in writing and keep a copy for your records.
Mistake #2: Failing to Seek Medical Treatment Immediately
Another common mistake is failing to seek medical treatment immediately after sustaining a work-related injury. Delaying treatment may exacerbate your injury and may make it difficult to prove that the injury was caused by your job duties. Additionally, if you wait too long to seek medical treatment, the insurance company may argue that your injury is not as serious as you claim.
To avoid this mistake, seek medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident. If your employer has a designated medical provider, make sure to use that provider.
Mistake #3: Failing to Follow Doctor's Orders
After seeking medical treatment, it is important to follow the doctor's orders. Failing to do so may result in your claim being denied. Additionally, the insurance company may argue that your injury was caused by your failure to follow the doctor's orders instead of job-related factors.
To avoid this mistake, make sure to comply with the doctor's orders and follow up with any recommended treatments.
Mistake #4: Not Understanding the Workers' Compensation Process
Many injured workers are not familiar with the workers' compensation process and may not know their rights. The process can be complicated, and it can be challenging to navigate the bureaucracy. This lack of understanding may result in mistakes that can lead to the denial of your claim.
To avoid this mistake, it is important to learn and understand the workers' compensation process. Do research or consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney at Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. to know your rights and obligations.
Mistake #5: Failing to Obtain the Necessary Evidence
To support your workers' compensation claim, you need to provide strong evidence that proves that your injury was caused by work-related activities. Such evidence may include medical reports and statements from colleagues who witnessed the accident.
To avoid this mistake, make sure to obtain and preserve all necessary evidence. Report any accident immediately to your supervisor, and make sure to document everything that occurred. Request a copy of your medical records and ensure that they contain sufficient details regarding the cause of your injury.
Workers’ Compensation Help with Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A.
Filing a workers' compensation claim in Florida is not always easy. However, avoiding these common mistakes can help increase your chances of receiving the benefits you deserve. Contact us today at (888) 499-6206 so we can help you through the process.