Three Mistakes Injured Workers Make
After you get injured it is easy to fall into these three traps. Don’t let it happen to you.
1. Failure to choose your own doctorFinding a doctor who will support the injured worker in their claim is one of the most critical steps after a work-related injury. It can also result into one of the most difficult steps. The doctor's testimony is an essential part of the worker's compensation case, and the doctor's treatment is an essential part of regaining one's life back. This critical decision cannot be taken lightly. If the current doctor is providing unsatisfactory medical care, a new doctor needs to be found. Take charge of your medical care. An experienced worker's compensation lawyer will be able to offer suggestions to assist in finding a suitable doctor who will support and adequately treat the injured worker. This will help the injured worker to be supported and protected in his or her claim.
2. Give a statement to an insurance adjuster without being prepared by an experienced worker's compensation lawyerIndependently writing a statement or allowing the insurance adjuster to take a recorded statement, without the aid of an experienced worker's compensation lawyer, are common mistakes that often result in irreversible problems. The written or recorded statement, once given, cannot be taken back. It will be used to either make or break the case against the injured worker. The possibility of minimizing the injury is an unaffordable risk. By contacting an experienced worker's compensation lawyer first, this risk is greatly reduced if not completely eliminated.
3. Failing to hire an experienced worker's compensation lawyerHiring an experienced worker's compensation lawyer is the most important part of recovering from a work-related injury. This is not a do it yourself experience. The attorney will provide adequate support in the form of protecting the injured worker from harm that was caused by any recorded statements to the insurance adjuster, and will also be able to help locate a competent medical expert for the injured worker. There are many worker's compensation benefits that will you will miss if you try to pursue the worker's compensation claim yourself. An experienced worker's compensation lawyer can teach you about the benefits you are entitled to and help you gather the evidence to support your claim.