No one ever expects to get hurt at work, but when it happens, knowing what to do and how to do it can make a world of difference in the outcome of your workers’ compensation claim. The moments immediately following your workplace injury can determine the future of your claim.
How Will You Direct the Success of Your Claim?
Many people who have had a workers’ compensation claim denied blame their employer, the workers’ compensation insurance company, or even bad luck. When it comes down to it, however, many claims are denied because of mistakes made by the claimant before filing. From missing documents to forgotten deadlines, a denied claim can be financially devastating for an injured worker—here are some tips for ensuring that your claim is solid and successful.
Acting Quickly After Your Injury or Illness
While Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws are fairly lax when it comes to injury or illness reporting deadlines—up to 120 days—it is rarely advisable to wait longer than you need to. If you have been injured at work, or conditions caused you to become ill, notify your employer as soon as possible. Should your employer fail to take action or denies responsibility, speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. While you will have three years to file a claim, filing sooner can help ensure that important evidence is preserved.
Remain Dedicated to Your Own Recovery
Facing a work-related injury or illness can be very discouraging, especially if your recovery is challenging. Nevertheless, remaining committed to your recovery—including medical appointments, treatments, and follow-up—is critical to a successful case. Keep careful records of all documents related to your injury, and be candid with your doctor about your injuries and symptoms.
Are You Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If you are facing a long road to recovery, or have encountered resistance from your employer about your injuries, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you ensure that your legal rights are protected. For more information about your case and the benefits to which you may be entitled, contact us today by clicking on our live chat feature!