Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Common Mistakes to Avoid in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

By jfhoen

Workers’ compensation acts as a form of insurance when on-the-job injuries or illnesses happen. It provides benefits that ensure proper medical care and helps you continue providing for yourself and your family. Our Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys explain common mistakes that could result in denials or delayed claims. 

Five Mistakes That Can Result in Denial of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry reports that nearly 60,000 workers are injured or become ill on the job each year. These can happen due to accidents, such as slips and falls, overuse and repetitive strain, or as a result of exposure to harmful substances. 

When these prevent you from working or performing certain tasks on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Administered through the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC), they provide reimbursement for lost wages, coverage of medical costs, and additional compensation for short and long-term disabilities. It is important to use caution in filing a claim, as simple mistakes could result in denials or delays. The following are five of the most common: 

  1. Not reporting injuries or illnesses promptly to your employer.

On-the-job accidents or a diagnosis of an occupational injury should be reported immediately to your employer. Failure to do so could result in denial of your benefits. 

  1. Not seeking immediate medical care.

If you are injured in a work-related accident or suspect you were exposed to a hazardous substance, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Follow employer instructions regarding medical providers and keep detailed records of your visits. 

  1. Not adhering to work or activity restrictions and other doctor instructions.

Follow all doctor recommendations regarding diagnostic testing, treatment, and physical therapy. Failing to do so could result in denied benefits. Also follow instructions regarding activity restrictions, both on the job and at home. Do not resign from your employment under any circumstances, as it will have serious consequences for your benefits. If your employer is not accommodating your restrictions consult an attorney immediately.

  1. Not responding promptly to communications concerning your claim.

In the aftermath of filing a claim, you may be contacted by your employer, representatives from the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, or insurers involved. As this often concerns questions about your condition, requests for additional documentation, or other issues directly related to your claim, be sure and respond promptly. 

  1. Not getting help from an experienced legal professional.

Workers’ compensation benefits play a major role in recovering physically and financially from work-related injuries. To avoid disputes or delays, and to appeal denied claims, get our experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorney on your side. 

To Schedule a Case Evaluation, Contact Our Virginia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Workers’ compensation benefits protect you against lost income and help ensure you get the medical care you need. To avoid delays or disputes that could result in a denial of benefits, get professional legal help from Hampton Injury Law, PLC. Call or contact our office online to schedule a case evaluation with our experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys today.  

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