Avoiding Pitfalls In Compensation Cases
Compensation cases, while designed to protect workers, can sometimes be fraught with complexities and pitfalls. Fortunately, your NY workers compensation lawyer can show you the way forward. At Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C., we often encounter clients who have questions about how to avoid common mistakes in their workers’ compensation claims. Here are some common questions that our clients ask us:
What Are The Common Pitfalls In Workers’ Compensation Cases?
One of the most common pitfalls is failing to report the injury in a timely manner. It’s crucial to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Another pitfall is not seeking medical treatment immediately, or not following the prescribed treatment plan. Additionally, inaccurately describing the injury or how it occurred can also be detrimental to your case. It’s important to be honest and precise about your injury and the circumstances surrounding it.
How Important Is Accurate Documentation In My Case?
Accurate documentation is vital in workers’ compensation cases. This includes keeping detailed records of your injury, medical treatment, and any correspondence related to your case. Documenting your injury as soon as it happens, and keeping a record of all your medical appointments, treatments, and any related expenses, can greatly strengthen your claim. Inaccurate or incomplete documentation can lead to delays or denials in receiving benefits.
Can Social Media Affect My Workers’ Compensation Case?
Yes, social media can significantly impact your workers’ compensation case. Insurance companies and employers may monitor your social media profiles for evidence that contradicts your injury claim. For example, posting photos of physical activities or vacations could be used to argue that your injury is not as severe as claimed. We advise our clients to be cautious about their social media activity and consider privacy settings while their case is ongoing.
Should I Return To Work After My Injury?
Returning to work after an injury should be based on your medical provider’s advice. If your doctor has cleared you to return to work, either for light duty or your regular duties, it’s important to follow their guidance. Returning to work prematurely can aggravate your injury and affect your claim. On the other hand, refusing to return to work when medically cleared can jeopardize your benefits. If you’re unsure about returning to work, discuss it with your lawyer.
What Should I Do If I Disagree With The Insurance Company’s Decision?
If you disagree with the insurance company’s decision on your workers’ compensation claim, you have the right to appeal. The appeals process can be complex, and it often helps to have legal assistance. A lawyer can help you understand the basis of the decision, gather additional evidence, and represent you in any hearings or negotiations.
Contact Us Today To Get Started
At Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C., we understand the challenges that come with workers’ compensation claims. Our team is committed to helping you avoid the common pitfalls and secure the benefits you rightfully deserve. If you have any concerns about your workers’ compensation case or if you need guidance on how to proceed, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to provide the support and representation you need for a successful outcome.