Being injured at work can leave you with severe and life-changing injuries. Many people involved in a work-related accident rely on workers' compensation to provide medical care and restitution for lost wages during the healing period.
However, there are many reasons why your workers' comp claim could be denied.
Here's what you need to know and how to take control over your workers' compensation situation.
1. You Did Not Fill Out an Accident Report
An accident report is one of the most crucial components of a workers' compensation case. It is imperative that you fill out an accident report completely and as soon as possible after your accident.
2. You Did Not Seek Medical Care Right Away
Waiting to seek medical care after you've been injured at work, even if the injuries seem minor, can cause your workers' compensation claim to be denied. Always get evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible following an accident at work.
3. You Were Found to Be Inebriated At the Time of the Accident
When you visit the doctor or emergency room after a work-related accident, your employer has the right to request drug and alcohol testing before paying workers' compensation benefits. If you are found to have been under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol at the time your accident occurred, you may be denied workers' compensation benefits.
4. Your Doctor's Findings Contradict the Accident Report
When you are evaluated by a medical professional after being hurt on the job, he or she will document your injuries and share this information with your employer. If the doctor's findings contradict the original accident report, you may have difficulty being approved for workers' compensation. In some cases, workers' compensation may be denied if the doctor's findings markedly differ from the initial report of the incident.
5. You Did Not Hire a Workers' Compensation Attorney
While it is possible to successfully file a workers' compensation claim without an attorney, it can be a difficult and arduous process. Many employers are not cooperative with employees who need workers' compensation; as a result, it takes a long time for employees to receive the benefits they need to get back on their feet and get back to work.
An experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you navigate through the challenging process of filling out an accident report, getting adequate medical care, and pursuing the full and fair benefits that are available to you under the law. Contact Sean A. Casey, Esq. today to learn more about workers' compensation in Pennsylvania and what you should do next after you've been injured on the job.