Thousands of individuals are injured on the job each year and many are
unprepared for what to do after the initial shock wears off. If you find
yourself facing a similar scenario, take heart in the fact that you're
not alone. However, arming yourself with valuable knowledge can give you
a significant advantage over others who are left in the dark.
So what should you
not do after getting injured while working? Here are five things we at Montee
Law Firm think are worth avoiding.
Not reporting the accident to your employer - This happens frequently. Employees are too embarrassed or afraid of not
being taken seriously so they keep quiet. Unfortunately, this only diminishes
your chances of recovering compensation. You should report your injury
within 30 days in writing, and include the date, time, and place of your
accident, as well as the injuries you sustained.
Not submitting completed paperwork - The paperwork associated with claims can be daunting, but filling it out
in its entirety is critical. An incomplete claim will likely get denied,
so always go above and beyond as you fill out every document and be sure
to provide all relevant documentation about your medical treatment and
other facts pertaining to your injury and case.
Not getting your medical bills covered - According to Missouri's labor laws, your employer is required to foot
all bills for medical treatment related to your injuries. While they are
allowed to choose the physician you see, you can decide to make this decision
for yourself. There is no reason you should receive a bill and if you
do, you should contact your employer or the insurance company right away.
Not collecting benefits - Medical benefits are not the only ones you may be entitled to. Lost wages
and disability benefits may also be available, but it's up to you
to pursue them. Your attorney can assist you in the recovery process.
Not appealing the decision - If your claim gets denied, or you believe you were awarded less than what
you deserve, it's time to take action. The sooner the better, too––all
appeals must be filed within a certain time period following a decision.
This is another area in which your attorney can provide guidance.
Not pursuing third party claims – In some workplace accident cases, injuries are caused by the negligence
of a third party, such as a premises owner, contractor, or manufacturer of a
defective product. If you were injured as a result of a third party’s negligence,
you may have the ground to pursue additional compensation via a
personal injury claim. Our attorneys can assess your situation to determine all possible
defendants who may be held at fault and liable for your injuries so as
to maximize your compensation, when possible.
If you've been injured on the job and are interested in pursuing a claim,
contact our firm! We offer free consultations in Kansas City with our personal injury attorney.