If you were hurt at work, you may be facing an uphill battle to get approved for workers’ compensation benefits. That’s because employers are often reluctant to admit that their workers got hurt on the job, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is also notoriously tough on claims.
The most crucial times for your claim are the moments and days immediately after your on-the-job injury. What you do during that window can have a significant impact on your ability to get the compensation you and your loved ones deserve. Avoiding the following mistakes can improve your chances of getting benefits:
- Waiting too long to report your injury—Telling your manager or supervisor about your injury as soon as it happens helps establish when and where your injury occurred. The sooner you tell someone what happened, the easier it will be to prove that your injury happened as you describe it.
- Exaggerating or downplaying your injury—Be truthful about what happened and the severity of your injuries. If you make your injuries sound worse or less severe than they actually are, you can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation.
- Waiting too long to call a lawyer—Convincing both your employer and the workers’ compensation commission that you got hurt at work isn’t easy. The longer you wait to get a lawyer, the more difficult it will be to collect and present evidence that strengthens your claim.