If you’ve just sustained a workplace injury or developed an illness caused by work duties, you may have a workers’ compensation case. Here are a few tips to improve your chances of obtaining the benefits you are owed.
#1 File a claim as soon as possible.
After a work injury, particularly a serious one, you may be confused about the next steps. Properly securing the information about your claim is important, like writing down the names of witnesses.
#2 Keep detailed records.
Writing down the names of supervisors and physicians may help you later in your case. Take note of what they said. Keep track of your missed time from work and your lost wages.
#3 Tell the truth!
Exaggerating or embellishing the severity of your condition will not strengthen your claim. It will weaken it and get you in trouble with the law. Doctors have special tests to determine if your symptoms are as painful or concerning as you say they are. The insurance company will carefully review doctors’ notes and jump on any reason to minimize or reject your claim. Insurance companies also use video surveillance if they suspect someone is committing fraud.
#4: You deserve a GREAT doctor!
Remember, insurance companies try to save money, even if that means rationing medical treatment. Make sure you have a doctor that is LISTENING to you, taking good notes about what is wrong, and providing the care you need.
#5: Follow your doctor’s advice and treatment plan.
After a work injury, you may believe you know what should be done to heal faster. If you don’t feel you are making good progress, talk to your doctor about it. If he or she isn’t paying attention, you may want to discuss your options with a lawyer to find a doctor that will provide the treatment you deserve
#6: Get help if you have questions!
If you feel like you aren’t getting straight answers from the insurance adjuster, the nurse case manager, or the doctors you have been sent to, consider getting a free consultation with a lawyer. An experienced workers’ comp attorney will fight for your rights and help you get the benefits you deserve.
The Next Step
Choosing a competent work injury lawyer in Orange County is the best way to make sure you receive all of the benefits you deserve. To discuss your claim with award-winning attorney Thomas F. Martin, call us today at 714-547-5025 or reach out to us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.