Navigating worker’s compensation claims can be complicated and stressful. We want to make sure your case goes as smoothly as possible, so here is a list of things that you do NOT want to do if you get injured at work:
Do Not Deny Activities That You Perform Outside Of Work
In most worker’s compensation cases, the insurance company will interview the claimant. Many times, when the insurance company asks what type of activities an employee does outside of work, the employee feels the need to hide that they work a second job for fear that their claim will be denied. The insurance company may deny your claim based on activities outside of work, but you still have a good chance of winning your trial if you tell the truth. However, when you lie or withhold information, you put yourself in a worse situation when the truth comes out, and trust us, the truth always comes out.
Do Not Deny Past Injuries
Similarly, when the insurance company asks if you have had any past injuries, you should be honest with them. If you reinjure a preexisting problem at work, your employer and insurance company are still responsible for the injury. However, if you hide the truth, your insurance company could use that against you to convince a judge that your condition is preexisting and not reinjured.
Do Not Share Negative Feelings About Your Employer
Even though it might be tempting, don’t share negative feelings about your employer after a work injury. Telling doctors or adjusters that you are unhappy with your employer may give the defense team an argument that your injuries are not severe and you exaggerated because of your unhappiness with your employment.
We want you to be fairly compensated when you experience a job-related injury. If you need help navigating your worker’s compensation claims, call us at (615) 893-1134.