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4 mistakes to avoid when filing a workers’ comp claim

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Injuries |

You must file a worker’s compensation claim if you are injured at work. Unfortunately, this can be complex. To help ensure the success of your claim, you must avoid common mistakes. 

Here are some key errors to watch out for when filing a workers’ comp claim in Florida. 

1. Delaying the reporting of your injury

One of the most critical mistakes is failing to report your injury promptly. Florida law requires that you notify your employer of your injury within 30 days. Delaying this notification can result in a denial of your claim. Always report any workplace injury as soon as it occurs, even if you think it’s minor.

2. Failing to seek immediate medical attention

Not seeking immediate medical attention can seriously harm your claim. It’s essential to see a doctor immediately, both for your health and your claim’s success. Medical documentation is crucial evidence that supports your injury and the need for compensation. Delaying medical treatment can make it appear as though your injury is not serious.

3. Inaccurate or incomplete information

Providing inaccurate or incomplete information on your workers’ comp forms can lead to a denial of benefits. Be thorough and honest when filling out all required paperwork. Ensure that all details about the accident and your injury are correctly documented. If the information is incorrect, it may cause doubts about your claim. 

4. Failing to follow medical advice

Not following the medical advice given by your healthcare provider can hurt your claim. Insurance companies will try to find a reason to deny benefits, and non-compliance with medical recommendations can be seen as evidence that your injury is not severe or you are not committed to recovery. Adhere to all prescribed treatments and attend all follow-up appointments.

You should avoid the mistakes mentioned here to help strengthen your claim and avoid issues. Legal help can also make it easier for you get the benefits you need after a work injury.