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Mistakes to avoid when filing a workers’ compensation claim

Individuals who work for companies in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are hurt on the job. However, there are several key mistakes that people may make that could result in a delayed or denied claim. In some cases, it could result in an individual being terminated by his or her employer. An employer may be allowed to part ways with an employee who refuses to come back to work when he or she is healthy enough to do so.

Expectations Upon Return

Generally speaking, a person is expected to return to work even if it’s another position within the company. Failing to submit a claim promptly may result in an injured individual giving up his or her right to seek benefits. The same may be true if a person fails to mention a previous injury or medical condition that may have contributed to his or her most recent injuries.

Individuals who are filing workers’ compensation claims should report any pain or discomfort that they feel regardless of how serious they believe it to be. For instance, those who have both a headache and a sore knee should mention both issues to their doctors. Disclosing this information at the beginning of a case may protect a person from allegations of fraud.

Workers who are applying for workers’ compensation benefits have the option of doing so with the help of a legal representative. Hiring an attorney may make it easier to ensure that an application is filled out properly and submitted on time. A legal professional may also be able to help a person understand why a claim may have been denied. If a claim is approved, an injured worker may be entitled to compensation for help with paying medical bills.