You may think that your workers’ compensation benefits will begin within days of suffering a workplace accident. However, it may not be the case. Certain actions could come back to haunt you and hurt your claim, leaving you to carry the burden of your injuries alone without any benefits.
Below are some common mistakes people make that you need to avoid following an accident at the workplace.
Failing to see a doctor
After sustaining injuries in a workplace accident, you need to see a doctor for treatment and official documentation of your injuries. Be truthful to the doctor and do not exaggerate your injuries.
In addition, if your employer has pre-approved doctors or physicians you are supposed to see, you should abide by that requirement to protect your claim.
Not complying with medical treatment
After seeing a doctor, you need to adhere to their prescribed treatment regime. You can do this by taking your medication as required and attending any medical and therapy appointments.
Failure to inform your employer of your injuries on time
New Jersey laws require you to make your employer aware of any injuries sustained from a workplace accident within 14 days of the accident. Going beyond the stipulated time can harm your claim, and you could miss out on compensation.
You may have a right to compensation, but how you handle your claim will determine its outcome. If you are unsure of how to go through the claims process after a workplace accident, it is advisable to seek help.
That way, you will know how to proceed with your claim while avoiding anything that could work against you.