When you file a claim for workers' compensation, there are already many factors working against you. The process of making a claim (and winning) can be difficult. Even if you work with a workers' compensation attorney, you might not realize how important it is to avoid doing these things:
1. Do Not Record a Statement for the Employer
Some insurance companies will ask that you record a statement for them. It may sound innocuous enough to provide a description of the incident, but it may actually work against you. Consult with your attorney if you are asked to provide a recorded statement.
2. Do Not Work with Just Any Lawyer
You should feel that you are interviewing your lawyer during the consultation, asking questions and then receiving answers that you feel comfortable with. How much experience does your lawyer have with workers' compensation cases? Will one lawyer be able to represent you throughout the entire case? Does the lawyer explain everything to you plainly so that you can understand the complex process involved in workers' comp cases?
3. Do Not Bring Other Conflicts into the Case
While unfair treatment may come into play with a civil case, it is important not to bring up disputes and other concerns not related to your injury or treatment during the workers' compensation claim.
4. Do Not Be Afraid to Bring Up Retaliation
If you feel at any point that your workplace is retaliating against you for filing a workers' comp claim, you have the right to defend yourself. You may have a case against the workplace in cases of retaliatory termination.
5. Do Not Delay in Reporting Your Injury
It is essential that you report your injury right away to prevent a statute of limitations from preventing you from filing at all. If you are not sure if the time limit has run out in your state, you can speak with your attorney to learn about your options.
6. Do Not Avoid Medical Treatment
Medical treatment is necessary and becomes part of your case. This provides an accurate report of your injuries as well. Without medical treatment, you might not have a claim, and you might even see that your injuries are worse.
Ultimately, it is important that you pay close attention to the instructions of your attorney. Workers' comp lawyers understand the best practices for filing a claim and ensuring that it becomes successful. Contact a law office like Brown & Brown of Prescott for more information and assistance.