Things You Should Not Do After Getting Injured at Work
After getting injured at the workplace, it is possible to seek compensation for your injuries under Workers’ Compensation law. However, following these steps will ensure that your case does not become unnecessarily complex.
Do not deny any extra activities performed by you other than your job
In most cases of workers’ compensation, the insurance company demands the victim to give an interview. The interviewer may ask questions related to the type of activities performed by the worker outside their jobs because they think that the injury could have occurred due to them. A lot of times, insurance companies deny claims which contain information regarding the second job of the worker. However, the worker can still succeed in a trial. But if they reject any questions about having a second job or extra hobby during the interview, the worker will have a lot of issues when the insurance company finds out the truth. The injured employee should avoid any lies regarding their employment status.
Lying about a pre-existing health condition or old injuries
The interviewer may ask the claimant about past injuries or treatment. It is suggested to avoid any lies as the existence of a previous problem is not a defense for denying work compensation. Suppose the work injury or environment causes aggravation of the pre-existing health issue. In that case, the employer and his insurance company are liable for the treatment and all the related costs. However, initially lying about the pre-existing issue will ease it for the insurer to show that your claim is actually due to a pre-existing condition instead of a work issue. Do not give them any chances to question your credibility.
If you are exaggerating or lying about your Injury, it will be detected by medical health providers and professional testing. If you get caught exaggerating or falsifying, your claim will have a higher chance of rejection.
Often, the injury victims avoid sharing details of their injuries because they assume that it will make them appear liable for the injury. In worker’s compensation cases, it doesn’t matter if the injuries were caused due to the employee’s actions. Hiding information may come off as you creating lies for the case. This can impact your credibility and genuineness, reducing your chances of claim acceptance. The jury may think you are also lying about the other aspects of the case.
Being uncooperative with medical professionals.
If you do not follow the instructions given by the medical providers and miss necessary appointments, it will show that your injuries are insignificant and do not require much compensation. The defendant’s insurance party will question the severity of your damages if you are found to be negligent in following the regimen provided by the doctor.