Avoiding Common Workers’ Comp Mistakes in Stockton
Give Your Claim the Highest Probability of Success
After a work-related injury, the injured worker may be focused on the injury and fail to understand the process required for securing benefits under workers' compensation. This results in a few common mistakes, which can diminish the benefits you may be entitled to or even eliminate them altogether. The process can seem complex and overwhelming, but help is available. At the Law Offices of Bo Katzakian, our seasoned Stockton workers' compensation lawyers are committed to helping injured workers avoid the usual pitfalls and get the benefits they deserve for medical care and loss of income.
Common Workers' Compensation Claim Mistakes
- Failing to Notify the Employer: You are required to notify your employer immediately if you suffer a work-related injury. It is common for a worker to wait because they think the injury is minor or will heal quickly. However, if you fail to take this step, you may forfeit the ability to collect benefits. Always tell your employer when you are hurt, even if the injury seems minor.
- Waiting to File a Claim: Workers' compensation has strict requirements and time limits for filing a claim. Acting quickly will preserve your right to collect benefits and allow you to collect them sooner.
- Notifying an Employer Verbally: Although you may think that merely telling your supervisor that you were injured is enough, you should always notify them in writing. When you are injured at work, your employer should provide a claim form or a written accident report. If the employer does not give you a claim form, it is a good idea to notify them of the injury in an email, so you have a written record that the injury was reported.
- Waiting to Get Medical Attention: Again, workers may wait to get medical care, thinking the injury is not too serious. However, this can lead to the insurance company believing you are not very injured and result in a claim denial. For this reason, you should always visit the doctor as soon as possible and attend all required follow-up appointments and therapy.
- Accepting the Insurance Company Doctor’s Opinion: It is common for injured workers to be treated by an insurance company doctor. This can be a mistake if you are not receiving appropriate medical care or the doctor is biased in favor of the insurance company. You have the right to a second opinion. It is a good idea to visit an unbiased doctor who is familiar with the workers' compensation system.
- Failing to Gather Documentation:– If you are denied or the insurance company seeks to limit your benefits, you should have documentation to support your claim. Document everything and keep records of the accident and subsequent events to protect your rights. This includes getting pictures and information about what caused the accident, copies of medical records, and a record of any communication from the insurance company.
Let Our Firm Help You Avoid Mistakes
Our firm is dedicated to helping injured workers throughout Northern California. We can advise you on the actions that need to be taken and avoiding common mistakes. Time is of the essence when dealing with a workers' compensation claim, so do not wait to get the help you need.
Suffering a work related injury? Call (844) 311-7793 for a free consultation with a Stockton workers’ compensation attorney.