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What mistakes can put my workers’ comp benefits at risk?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2024 | WORKERS' COMPENSATION - Workers' Compensation |

Filing for workers’ compensation can be overwhelming, but it is often just the first step of the process. If you do not face denial, you can begin receiving benefits after providing all requirements and obtaining approval. However, the issues might not stop there. Some situations can affect your benefits even if your workers’ comp benefits are already active.

Fortunately, these problems can be preventable. You can avoid making mistakes that can put your benefits at risk, including the following:

  • Failing to document the injury and its effects by refusing to seek medical care when experiencing pain or other related symptoms
  • Being non-compliant with the treatment plan established by the approved physician
  • Missing appointments with the treating doctor
  • Doing activities deemed challenging or impossible based on the injury
  • Not sharing enough information about how the injury affects quality of life

Workers’ comp benefits typically remain active depending on your injury and circumstances. By avoiding these mistakes, you can keep your injury documentation accurate, which allows your benefits to reflect the severity of your condition.

Additionally, committing these mistakes can force the agency to become stricter, putting you in uncomfortable situations when it issues closer surveillance or investigations.

Understanding how workers’ comp works

Qualifying for and receiving workers’ comp benefits may seem like the goal initially, but as your claim progresses, you may figure out that the process won’t end there. As you continue to use your entitlements, you may also face legal issues based on developments associated with your injury and overall physical health. Legal guidance can be valuable in these situations, making it vital to seek counsel before filing the claim so that you can stay on track from start to finish.