Just because you have been injured at work does not mean that your workers’ compensation benefits are on the way. You have to go through the claims process. Sometimes, your claim may be dismissed, leaving you to deal with the consequences of your workplace injury.
Depending on the seriousness of the accident, you may be out of work for a considerable period of time. Without a source of livelihood, it may be hard meeting your financial obligations. Life can quickly turn for the worse. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid common mistakes that could hurt your claim.
Delaying to take action
You need to report the accident as soon as possible to your employer or the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. In addition, you cannot make a claim beyond one year of your workplace accident. Delays can compromise your claim, and you may not recover any benefits if you go past the stipulated windows.
Additionally, you have 14 days to appeal a decision from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Failing to seek medical treatment
Any injuries should be formally documented by a doctor for you to claim any benefits. Make your doctor aware that your injuries happened at work to firmly establish the connection.
Workers’ compensation benefits can really come through in the hour of need. However, how you pursue them matters. Experienced legal guidance can help you avert or overcome any problems.