A workplace accident can prevent you from working for a considerable period as you recover from your injuries. During that time when you cannot work, workers’ compensation benefits can really come through and provide a soft landing.
While you may have a valid case, it is crucial to avoid some mistakes that may jeopardize your chances of landing these benefits. Many workers unknowingly make these errors, and it ends up hurting their claim.
Failing to seek medical treatment
Seeing a doctor after a workplace accident is good for your overall well-being and your workers’ compensation claim too. Without a medical report detailing the nature and extent of your injuries, it can be hard to ascertain their effect on your ability to continue working or the kind of treatment you require, all of which are vital to your claim.
Not informing your employer on time
You should report your workplace accident to your employer as soon as possible to protect your claim. In Minnesota, you have 14 days to inform your employer of a workplace accident, although some exceptional situations may stretch the window to 180 days. Any later than that and you may lose your right to claim any benefits unless you were mentally or physically incapacitated.
Posting on social media
It is advisable to keep off social media after a workplace accident, as your posts may be used against you when deliberating your claim. For instance, if a picture or video shows you engaging in strenuous activities, yet you state that your injuries prevent you from doing so, your claim may be denied.
Get help with your claim
If you are unfamiliar with the claims process or have been denied benefits, it is best to reach out for assistance on the best course of action. Having the necessary information and guidance on how things work will help safeguard your rights and boost your chances of getting the much-needed benefits.