Getting approved for workers’ compensation can feel like a tedious and confusing process. If you’ve never applied for workers’ compensation benefits before, you might not know which steps to take after a workplace injury. Unfortunately, many first-time applicants are denied, simply because they are unfamiliar with the process.
Our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers fight for the rights of injured workers who deserve benefits after they get hurt through no fault of their own. And while it’s our goal to take as much of the stress of the accident and application process off our clients’ shoulders as possible, injured workers can maximize their chances of approval by avoiding these two common mistakes:
- Waiting too long to report the injury. On-the-job accidents and injuries should be reported to a supervisor or manager immediately. In addition to making sure that an accurate workplace injury report is completed, this step also helps eliminate some of the suspicions that workplaces and their insurance companies often have when employees file for benefits.
- Lying about or exaggerating any aspect of the injury. Always be truthful with everyone after your on-the-job injury, including your supervisor, your doctor, and your attorney. Lying about the severity of your injury can jeopardize your chances of being approved for benefits, especially if the doctor finds out you weren’t hurt as badly as you claimed.
Calling Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers right away after your workplace injury can help you protect your rights to compensation. We want to help you better understand the process, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.