Workers’ compensation law is very complicated, so it’s important to follow all the rules in order to avoid having your claim dismissed or your benefits reduced. If you’ve been hurt at work, you should understand the entire workers’ compensation process. For help, you should carefully follow these guidelines and talk to your workers’ comp attorney.
Fill Out an Employee Claim Form: If you experience an injury, it’s important to ask your employer for an employee claim form right away. Each employer’s claims process will be slightly different, so follow all the rules and instructions you are given when filling out this paperwork. If you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate to talk to your boss as well as your workers’ compensation attorney.
- Schedule a Free Consultation with a Workers’ Comp Attorney: Employers and insurance companies deny many workers’ compensation claims. Even if you think your case is clear, you should always talk to a workers’ compensation attorney when you being to file your claim. Your attorney will offer you advice, assistance, and information as well as defend your case in court if your employer attempts to have your claim dismissed.
Wait to File Your Injury Claim: Most insurance companies require claims to be filed almost immediately after you have been hurt at work. Even if you’re unsure about the injury or whether you will need workers’ compensation, you should file a claim after an injury. The longer you wait to file an injury claim, the less likely you will be to receive the benefits you are rightfully entitled to.
- Refuse Your Independent Medical Examination: This examination, often called an IME, is required by insurance companies in order to make a payment on your claim. Your employer’s insurance company will choose the doctor, and you will undergo a thorough medical evaluation in order to validate your claim. If you refuse your IME, your workers’ compensation claim may be dismissed or your benefits may be reduced.
If you have been injured at work and need to file a claim, talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer immediately. At Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, our attorneys have been helping Philadelphia residents file workers’ compensation claims for more than 75 years. Schedule your free consultation by calling (888) 774-9695 today.