Suffering an injury at work can result in dire consequences. You could be left with a serious injury, resulting in your inability to perform normal household chores, play with your kids, and earn a living. In addition, you could be left with questions concerning the process for filing a Florida workers’ compensation claim.
One Mistake Could Ruin Your Workers’ Compensation Case
In most cases, it is possible to get workers’ compensation benefits if your injury resulted from performing your duties at work. However, it is very easy to make a mistake when filing a claim that can ruin your case. You could be left with a pile of medical bills and no income with which to pay them.
Three Common Mistakes to Avoid
In this article, we discuss three common mistakes victims make in their workers’ compensation cases that can have devastating effects. If you have been injured at work, avoid:
- Not reporting your injury to your employer. The first thing you should do is report your injury to your employer, if you have been involved in a work-related accident or suspect you are ill due to your duties at work. You can’t assume your employer will report your injury on your behalf. They will have paperwork to complete, and you will want to ensure your injury is reported to their workers’ comp insurer.
- Revealing too much information during deposition. If you have been injured, an attorney for the workers’ comp insurance provider will want to interview you. This is called a deposition. Avoid providing too much information. Give direct and to-the-point responses to their questions. Avoid providing answers to questions not asked. A deposition can be very stressful. That is why you should talk to a workers’ comp attorney who has your best interest in mind.
- Not filing a claim because you did not miss any work. Just because you did not miss any work doesn’t mean you are not eligible for workers’ comp benefits. You may be entitled to compensation for medical services, prescription medicines and travel costs associated with getting to and from your medical provider. Even if you do not plan on missing time from work, you should still make sure you report your injury as soon as possible.
Your Next Step
Filing a workers’ comp claim can be a stressful and confusing process. At Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., we have the knowledge and experience necessary to help you understand the process and get you the benefits you deserve. We will fight for your workers’ comp rights and ensure no other parties take advantage of you.
If you have been injured while on the job or have questions concerning workers’ compensation laws, contact one of our experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. We will help you receive the benefits you are entitled to.