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Posted in Workers' Compensation on October 7, 2021   |  by Gary Burger

Common Workers' Compensation Mistakes

Every day, workers all across America are injured while on the job, whether it is due to an unexpected accident or the negligence of an employer. The experienced workers' compensation lawyers at Burger Law will help you file your workers' compensation claim properly and get you the full and complete benefits you are entitled to receive. Contact us now at (314) 648-8348 or online to learn more or hire us today.

Common Workers' Compensation Mistakes

If you have been hurt while at work, you deserve the benefits and compensation owed to you. However, filing a workers' compensation claim is not always easy, and people inevitably make mistakes when doing so. In our many years of dealing with workers' compensation claims, here are a few common errors we have seen that affected the damages clients received.

  1. They did not act immediately following their accident. When someone has been injured in an accident, they are often not thinking clearly. They often do not document all the details of their accident (such as what they were doing right before and right after it) or keep records of injuries, pain and suffering or doctor's visits.
  2. They embellished their injuries. Doctors often perform tests to see if claimed injuries actually happened. If they think you are exaggerating your symptoms, they will tag you as what is known as a "malingerer" on your medical records. This usually devalues or dismisses a workers' compensation claim.
  3. They did not follow a recommended treatment plan. If, for instance, a doctor asks you to take follow-up tests or visit a physical therapist, you need to follow their instructions to the letter. Even if you think that you are feeling better, insurance companies take this as a sign that your injuries are not as serious as you have made them out to be.
  4. They perform acts that make it appear they are not injured. Insurance companies do not like paying out workers' compensation claims and will go to great lengths to discredit a plaintiff. They often hire private investigators to spy on injured workers. If they see you go outside to get a package or head for a walk with your kids, they use this as evidence that you are faking your injuries.

Talk To An Experienced Workers' Compensation Attorney

At Burger Law, we know how workers' compensation cases operate. We are here to fight big insurance companies and ensure that injured workers receive every penny they are entitled to earn. Talk to us today, either by calling (314) 648-8348 or online, to speak with a workers' compensation attorney and learn more about how even the slightest mistake can derail a workers' compensation claim. We will help you get the benefits you deserve.