Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net

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Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net

You put your heart and soul into your job, so it seems only fair that you should be protected from harm while you’re there. Most good employers do go out of their way to provide safety training and equipment to keep their workers safe and protected from any hazards. Federal agencies, like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also have standards in place for employers to follow to keep their workers safe. However, sometimes accidents happen anyway, and when they do, workers compensation is meant to be your safety net. Most of the time, if you follow your company’s procedures for filing a workers compensation claim, you’ll be paid with no trouble. However, I know from experience that it isn’t always that easy. I started this blog to help you learn what to do when your company or their insurance company denies your workers compensation claim.

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What Not To Do During Your Personal Injury Case

The stress of dealing with your injuries and the details of your case can be stressful and confusing. Be sure not to allow the way you feel during the time after your accident add to the problem. Read below to learn about some behaviors that most definitely will not result in your personal injury success.

Failing to get adequate and well-documented medical treatment for your injuries. Many people fail to understand that getting medical treatment, no matter how minor your accident was, is important in more ways than one. Obviously, you may not be the best judge of your physical injuries after such a traumatic event, so it's best to play it safe and be evaluated. Additionally, the medical evidence you present plays a major role in the amount of compensation you may be qualified for.

Failing to file suit in time. The clock begins ticking as soon as your accident occurs, and you have only so much time to take action. If you wait too long, no matter how good your case is, your case will never even be heard by a judge. The amount of time you have (called the statute of limitations), varies by state, so don't procrastinate and miss out.

Failing to know that your movements are being scrutinized. If your case is worth anything at all, the insurance carrier for the other side will take some investigative actions to help lower their chances for money damages. This means that if you claim certain physical injuries, you probably should not be seen playing Frisbee in the park or running with your dog. Always be aware of yourself when out in public. Yes, it is embarrassing to walk with a limp, but your need to pretend like nothing is wrong could endanger your claim.

Posting information about your accident and injuries on social media. Seeking the love and support of loved ones after a traumatic experience is natural and necessary, but that must be done privately and not on Facebook. It's all too easy for something you say to be misconstrued by the other side, and to potentially damage your claim. For example, you may try to soothe feelings of others by minimizing the depth of your damages.

Failing to seek the help of a personal injury attorney. Don't try to do this alone, when you are injured and stressed out you need to place your burden on a legal professional like Jack W Hanemann, P.S.