Workers Comp Lawyer Tells 6 Things You Should Never Do
If you’re injured on the job in South Carolina, your employer’s workers compensation insurance can play a big role in your financial security and your peace of mind. But if you aren’t familiar with how the process works – and just as importantly, what things can limit your benefits or cause your claim to be denied – you can unwittingly make mistakes that can have a major impact on your ability to receive all the benefits you deserve.
To help ensure you get all the compensation available under the law, here’s a quick rundown of the things you should never, ever do when filing a workers comp claim in South Carolina:
- “Under report” your symptoms: Be completely honest with the doctor when reporting your injuries and your symptoms, and don’t try to downplay your pain or other symptoms. The doctor’s report will have a major bearing on the claims you receive, so providing accurate information is essential to ensuring you get all the benefits you deserve.
- Fail to tell every treatment provider if your injury is related to work: If it’s not in the doctor’s records, the insurance company may claim the treatment you received is not covered by your benefits.
- Lie about what happened: Even a “tiny” lie or misinformation can derail your claim. Even if you think something that occurred could have an impact on your claim, do not lie about it. Be completely honest with your employer, your doctor and your lawyer.
- Ignore treatment recommendations: By ignoring your doctor’s advice, you send a signal that your injury is not serious. That means if something serious does develop in the future or you need ongoing care, your chances of being denied increase significantly.
- Delay reporting your injury: Always report any injury to your employer, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, and report it right away. There is a time limit restricting how long you can wait before reporting an injury, but most importantly, when you delay, you imply the injury is not all that serious. Plus, a delayed claim can be harder to prove if your employer or their insurance company decide to turn down or fight your claim.
- Decide not to work with a workers comp lawyer: Workers comp lawyers understand the laws and regulations that oversee the benefits process, and a skilled and experienced worker comp lawyer can help you navigate the system to avoid errors, as well as make sure your rights are fully protected if your claim is denied or your benefits are limited.
Charleston Workers Comp Lawyer E. Lindsay Blanks Offers Nearly 30 Years’ Experience
As one of the state’s leading workers comp lawyers, E. Lindsay Blanks has successfully helped hundreds of men and women pursue their rights under the state’s workers compensation laws. His ceaseless dedication to upholding the law has earned him a reputation of a tough but fair attorney who is committed to protecting his clients’ rights in every phase of the workers compensation process.
If you’ve been injured on the job in South Carolina, be sure your rights are protected right from the beginning. Call the Law Offices of E. Lindsay Blanks at (843)863-1800 and schedule a free consultation to learn how he can help you get the benefits you deserve.