Getting hurt on the job can be a lot to process. You might feel flustered, confused, or even embarrassed. Worse, you probably don’t understand your rights and responsibilities. It’s crucial to know that what you do after your accident can impact your financial and physical recovery. Here are three common mistakes our Lakewood workers’ compensation lawyers want you to avoid.
1. Failing to Report Your Injury
It's never a good idea to hide your work-related injury or illness. You shouldn't cover it up out of shame or because you feel pressured to maintain your job site's safety record. In fact, failing to report the matter on time can result in penalties that will make it harder for you to move forward.
In order to collect workers’ compensation benefits such as lost wages and medical care coverage, you must notify your employer within the state-mandated time frame. Colorado gives employees ten days to inform employers of workplace accidents, and it must be done in writing. You may still have options if you have already missed that deadline, so contact our legal team.
2. Neglecting Medical Care
In the event of a workplace emergency, you should seek immediate care at the nearest hospital. You can do this before you report the accident. After all, your health and safety must come first.
In non-emergency situations, you will need to visit someone from the list of designated providers given to you by your employer. You should receive this list shortly after you report the incident.
3. Leaving Benefits or Money on the Table
Insurance companies want to pay you as little as possible. If your valid claim is denied, you should file an appeal. If the settlement amount seems low, you might be entitled to more money.
Many people aren’t confident in their ability to navigate the workers’ comp process. It helps to have an attorney review your claim as early as possible to ensure the best possible outcome.
Talk to Our Lakewood Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for Free
The Frickey Law Firm is home to a talented team of attorneys with significant workers’ compensation experience. We know how to handle your claim quickly and effectively.
If you were hurt on the job, schedule a free consultation at 303-237-7373 to discuss your next steps. We serve injured clients from Lakewood, Denver, Boulder, and nearby areas of Colorado.