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7 Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

At Sacramento Workers’ Compensation, P.C., we prioritize ensuring you receive the maximum workers’ compensation benefits you are rightfully entitled to. Getting your claim right the first time and avoiding common mistakes are two of the most important things we help California employees with every day.

7 Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemSubmitting your workers’ compensation claim is one step, but remaining in compliance is vital to its successful outcome. This is why having an experienced, skillful workers’ compensation attorney on your side is so important.

The California Workers’ Compensation system is not easy to navigate and can move along at a frustratingly slow pace. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are right here in Sacramento, and we have helped countless people navigate the process for over 25 years. We will do everything in our power to ensure your claim goes smoothly, deadlines are met, and your compensation is the maximum allowed by law.

7 Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes to Avoid

Some common mistakes that workers’ compensation claimants make include:

  1. They are waiting too long to notify your employer. When a work-related accident at the workplace is severe enough to require medical attention, employers find out about it immediately. However, in some cases, if a work-related injury happens off-site or an illness develops due to job conditions, the employee must inform their employer within 30 days of their injury or learn of their condition. Waiting too long can disqualify you and make you appear suspicious.
  2. You are lying or withholding information about your medical history. Sometimes, a work-related injury may be caused by an underlying, pre-existing injury or condition. By law, you must divulge a complete and accurate medical history in a workers’ compensation claim compensation cl. You may be asked this during your medical evaluation and treatment. While receiving workers’ compensation for a medical condition worsened by your job is possible, transparency throughout every step of the process is imperative.
  3. Incomplete or Inaccurate Documentation: Not providing all the information asked for on a claim form is one of the fastest ways to slow the workers’ compensation process down. Additionally, intentionally or inadvertently giving inaccurate information may result in a claim being denied. Be sure that all forms are filled out completely and accurately.
  4. Not Keeping Records: If you have been injured or become sick because of your job, you must keep records: medical appointment summaries, doctor’s instructions, and correspondence between you and your employer and the insurance company are essential for a successful workers’ compensation claim.
  5. Not Seeking Medical Treatment: If you have been injured on the job and aren’t sure it is severe enough to seek medical attention, err on caution. Get medical attention, and let a doctor or other medical professional decide if you need further treatment.
  6. Not Following Medical Advice and Orders: Ignoring or not following the doctor’s orders can ensure your claim is completed on time. Follow all treatment plans, including restrictions of activities, that your doctor provides.
  7. Not Seeking the Advice of a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer: Workers’ compensation laws in California are not easy to understand. A skilled and knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney will always look out for your best interests and ensure your entitlements, including the type of medical treatments you have a right to, the possibility of long-term or permanent disability, and physical and vocational rehabilitation.

If Your Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied

Suppose your workers’ compensation claim is denied or your benefits terminated. In that case, you may still have options for resuming benefits or resubmitting with the help of a workers’ compensation attorney.

Some of the options include:

Appealing a denied workers’ compensation claim involves submitting an Application for Adjudication of Claim. This form formally requests the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to review your claim. You will need a workers’ compensation attorney to help you fill out these forms, submit them, and advocate on your behalf at the hearing.

Free, No Risk Consultation

Our workers’ compensation attorneys will meet with you for an initial consultation to understand the facts of your claim. There is no fee for this consultation even if we do not take your case or you decide not to hire us. We get paid only when you win.

Call Sacramento Workers’ Compensation, P.C. today at 916-438-1819 and schedule your free, no-obligation appointment. We are right here in Sacramento and will meet with you in person.