If you have been injured on the job, it is likely that you are wondering what your rights are or have started the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. While thousands of individuals are injured on the job on a yearly basis, many claims are denied as the process for obtaining workers’ compensation is complex and full of pitfalls. Regardless of whether your need is to obtain information regarding a possible workers’ compensation claim or if you need assistance appealing a compensation determination, the attorneys at the Persons Firm can assist you. To obtain legal information regarding on-the-job accidents, contact us today for a risk-free initial consultation.Workers Compensation Pitfalls
Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation claims are initially denied. In many cases, the injured party has a valid basis for a claim, but made a mistake somewhere in the claim process that is used to deny relief. Some common pitfalls that prohibit workers’ compensation relief include:
- Failing to provide notice to your employer: The most common reasons for failing to provide notice to an employer after an injury are that the injured worker feels okay despite unknown injuries or thinks that the injuries will heal on their own. Regardless of whether you are unaware of potential injuries, reporting an accident and seeking treatment to ensure health is essential. California law requires employees to provide notice of an injury to their employer within 30 days. Failing to do so within the required time period often prevents you from receiving workers’ compensation benefits, with limited exceptions.
- Failing to obtain follow-up treatment: After a workplace injury, it is common for a medical professional to place injured workers on treatment plans. This often includes follow-up visits, physical therapy, and/or pain management medication. When a treatment plan is made, it is important to follow the treatment plan and attend all necessary follow up appointments. Many workers’ compensation attorneys will argue that an employer should not be required to pay for a disability that can, but is not being, treated due to an employee’s intentional disregard for their health.
- Failing to obtain legal representation: Failing to obtain legal representation is another pitfall of workers compensation cases. Obtaining legal representation often has a direct impact on the amount of workers compensation received and whether a claim is successful. While no attorney can guarantee the receipt of workers compensation benefits, the attorneys at the Persons Firm are aware of the common pitfalls related to workers compensation and how to avoid the technicalities that are relied on as a basis to deny relief.
If you or your loved one has been hurt on the job, contact us today. The Persons Firm is a personal injury law firm located in Marietta, Georgia. Our attorneys will be happy to assist you or your loved one in filing or appealing a workers compensation claim to get you the relief you deserve. Workers compensation benefits are a necessary component of ensuring that you and your loved ones are taken care of after a workplace accident. Do not settle for no, speak with an experienced attorney today.