If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness in California, you must file a workers' compensation claim to receive benefits like medical treatment, wage replacement, and disability payments. However, filing a claim can be complicated, and even minor mistakes could lead to claim denials or reduced benefits. To help you avoid these pitfalls, we've compiled a list of common mistakes to avoid in your California workers' compensation claim.
Delaying to Report the Injury or Illness
One of the most common mistakes people make is failing to report their workplace injury or illness to their employer promptly. California law requires that you report the injury or illness within 30 days of the incident. If you fail to report the injury within this timeframe, you may lose your right to receive benefits.
Failing to Seek Medical Attention
Another mistake that people make is failing to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an injury or illness. Your health should be your top priority, and seeking medical attention can help you receive proper treatment and documentation of your injuries or illness, which is critical when filing a workers' compensation claim.
Not Providing Complete and Accurate Information
When filing a workers' compensation claim, you must provide complete and accurate information about your injury, including the date, time, and location of the incident. If you fail to provide accurate information, your claim may be denied or delayed.
Not Following the Doctor's Orders
It's essential to follow your doctor's orders regarding your medical treatment. If you don't comply with your doctor's orders, your employer's insurance company may use it as an excuse to reduce or deny your benefits.
Not Seeking Legal Representation
Navigating the workers' compensation system can be complex, and insurance companies may try to reduce or deny your benefits. Seeking legal representation from an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you navigate the process, ensure you receive the benefits you deserve, and avoid costly mistakes.
If you're filing a California workers' compensation claim, it's essential to avoid these common mistakes. By doing so, you can increase your chances of receiving the benefits you deserve.
Contact The Sexton Law Firm If you need help with your claim!