THE SEVEN BIGGEST MISTAKES INJURED WORKERS MAKE IN FILING FOR WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS
ONE: USING A GENERAL PRACTICE ATTORNEY WHO DOES NOT KNOW WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW:
Our office specializes in workers’ compensation law, work comp is all we do.
TWO: WAITING TOO LONG TO FILE:
There are strict time limits on reporting the injury and filing the claim. There are also exceptions to these rules. If your claim has been denied as untimely, check with us first before giving up your rights.
THREE: USING THE DOCTOR THE INSURANCE COMPANY TELLS YOU TO USE:
You have the right to pick your own doctor, provided you do so in time. We can show you how to do this.
FOUR: LETTING THE CLAIM CLOSE WITHOUT THE OPINION OF A SPECIALIST:
You should never accept the opinion of a general practice doctor at the work comp clinic (Concentra) as the last word on your injury. We can arrange second opinions and care transfers to doctors who specialize in treating your type of injury.
FIVE: ACCEPTING THE INSURANCE COMPANY’S WAGE CALCULATION:
There are multiple methods of calculating your average monthly wage. By law, you are entitled to benefits based on the highest possible calculation. Let us check your wage calculation to see if it was done right.
SIX: NOT GETTING A DISABILITY SETTLEMENT AT THE END OF THE CASE:
The insurance company wants its doctor to release you without finding a permanent impairment that would entitle you to a permanent partial disability or PPD settlement. If you have ongoing medical issues the doctors weren’t able to address, don’t take their word for it, get compensated.
SEVEN: ACCEPTING THE INSURANCE COMPANIES FIRST OFFER OF SETTLEMENT:
If you believe that your PPD evaluation was unfair or incorrect, you have the right to a second evaluation with a different doctor.
If you want answers to these or any other questions regarding your worker’s compensation claim, please type in your questions in the box on the left-hand side of this page, and you will receive an answer within 24 hours, or call us at 775-786-2006 for a free phone consultation.