Are You Jeopardizing Your Workers' Comp Case? | Robinson Law, LLC

Top Mistakes That Jeopardize Your Workers’ Compensation Case

After suffering a workplace injury, the subsequent workers’ compensation payments play a significant role in providing for your needs while you recover. If you need to bring your workers’ compensation claim to the Pennsylvania court system, you have a delicate balance to walk to get the compensation you deserve. However, during the lead-up to your court date, some commonplace mistakes can negatively affect the outcome of your case. 

An experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Pennsylvania can help you navigate the potential pitfalls of your case. We’ll detail some of the most common — yet devastating — mistakes you can make in your workers’ compensation case. 

Waiting to Report the Accident

Whether you thought the injury wasn’t as bad as you thought, tried to work through the pain, or simply neglected to notify your employer, any delays can spell trouble when filing a claim. Workers’ compensation benefits are contingent upon how quickly you report the accident. 

In Pennsylvania, you have 120 days to report an accident or illness that happened on company grounds to your employer. If you wait longer than that, you run the risk of jeopardizing your benefits. If you wait 120 days or more, you lose all rights to your workers’ compensation benefits. Report your work-related injury quickly and preserve your benefits. 

Expecting Someone to File Your Claim for You

Injured workers have a lot to think about immediately after they get injured at work. If they go to their doctor to get examined and receive their diagnosis, they may be surprised to find that they have to go through the process again after the claim gets filed. Under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law, you must receive an evaluation from an approved healthcare provider recommended by your employer once your claim gets accepted. 

Using Your Personal Insurance Instead of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

If you feel that your workplace injury doesn’t warrant an official report and that you can go through your personal insurance, you can see the medical bills pile up quickly. Unfortunately, an injury that appears minor on the surface can become something much more severe than your personal insurance cannot completely cover. 

Within the first 90 days of filing your claim, you must visit an employer-approved doctor for treatment. After that initial 90 days, you are free to see the doctor of your choosing. 

Relying Solely on Your Insurance’s Doctor

Insurance companies are in the business of minimizing how much loss they experience on any given claim. The insurance-provided doctor may do an excellent job of diagnosing your condition; however, getting a specialist to take a look at your injury can give you a stronger case. Additionally, that second or even third opinion helps ensure that you get the treatment and benefits you deserve. 

Not Knowing You’re Entitled to More Benefits

Wage calculators can be a tricky thing. If you only rely on the one provided by the insurance companies, you may be missing out on potentially higher payouts. According to the law, you have the right to benefits based on the highest possible calculation. An experienced workers’ comp attorney can help assure that you get the benefits you deserve. 

Consult Robinson Law Before Exploring Your Options

When it comes to your upcoming workers’ compensation case, you want to ensure that you have everything you need to get the benefits you deserve. Doing your best to avoid these common mistakes can help ensure you get those benefits, but consulting with an attorney will give you your best chance to get your benefits. 

Robinson Law has the experience with Pennsylvania’s workers’ compensation law to navigate the court system and get you the payouts and benefits you need to support your needs. Contact our office to schedule your first consultation today!