6 Workers’ Compensation Mistakes to Avoid (Pt. 2)

September 22, 2014

Picking up from where we left off in 6 Workers’ Compensation Mistakes to Avoid (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out some common errors people should avoid making when pursuing workers’ compensation benefits.

More Workers’ Compensation Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Claim…

Mistake 3 – Not Complying with a Doctor’s Restrictions regarding Your Activities

Not complying with doctors’ orders and failing to explain the extent of work injuries are common workers’ compensation mistakes that can impact people’s benefits.

Not complying with doctors’ orders and failing to explain the extent of work injuries are common workers’ compensation mistakes that can impact people’s benefits.

After seeing one (or maybe more doctors), you may be specifically told by the medical professional that you should avoid certain activities. For instance, if you have a back and neck injury, you may be instructed to avoid lifting heavy objects and/or engaging in certain sports or physical activities.

Make sure you abide by these restrictions – even if you think you may be able to handle the restricted activities. The reason that this is so important is that:

  • Insurers may have their own investigators monitor your activities.
  • If these investigators witness you performing restricted activities, they can deduce that your injuries are not as severe as you claim (or, worse yet, that you aren’t injured at all).
  • As a result, your workers’ compensation benefits could end up being reduced or denied altogether.

Therefore, to avoid making common workers’ compensation mistakes like this one, be sure to fully comply with doctors’ orders regarding restricted activities.

Mistake 4 – Not Fully Explaining the Extent of Your Injuries to a Doctor

When meeting with doctors to get workplace injuries diagnosed and treated, make sure that you fully explain how you incurred the injury and what symptoms or issues you have been experiencing after the accident or injury. Fully disclosing the nature of your pain, discomfort and/or other issues will be critical to ensuring that your work injury is properly diagnosed and that:

  • You end up getting the treatments you need so you can recover.
  • Your doctor doesn’t end up clearing you for work earlier than you may be ready to return to work.
  • You get the full amount of the benefits to which you are entitled for your workplace injuries.

When people make the workers’ compensation mistakes of trying to downplay their injuries to doctors, these people can end up sabotaging their claims and benefits.

Be sure to look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some more workers’ compensation mistakes to avoid making!

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When you choose to work with the Bisset Law Firm, you can trust that we will:

  • Help you avoid common workers’ compensation mistakes that could hurt your claim
  • Work diligently to keep your case moving
  • Keep you advised of every development in your case
  • Meet all of your case deadlines
  • Ultimately help you secure the maximum possible benefits for your injuries.

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