Suffering an injury at work can be extremely frustrating. Living with the pain while you recover can be difficult, and you may have to rehabilitate the injury as well. There are also the inherent concerns of when you will be able to return to work and receive your next paycheck. It can be a very stressful time.
The workers’ compensation system is set up to help you in your time of need. There are plenty of benefits available that can help relieve many of the concerns you have following your injury. However, one costly mistake could make your life even more difficult. It is important to be aware of how to properly process your claim and avoid common mistakes that people make following a workplace injury.
Failing to report your injury
One of the most common mistakes that people make is failing to report the injury to their employer. In Maryland, you only have 10 days to report your injury. It is highly recommended that you make an effort to tell your supervisor about your injury as soon as possible to avoid any issues. Even if the injury seems minor, you still should report it so there is a record.
If you fail to report your injury within 10 days, you may lose the ability to collect workers’ compensation benefits. Take the time to tell your supervisor about your injury, fill out an accident report and organize your documents to avoid the risk.
Not receiving medical attention
It is important that you receive medical attention even if you do not believe your injury is severe. Many people decide not to see a doctor, which is a big mistake. Seeing a medical professional is important both for determining the extent of your injury as well as providing documentation of your condition. Without medical evidence, the insurance provider may deny your claim.
It is important that you immediately seek medical attention following your injury and follow the recommendations of your doctor. This will give you the best chance to receive proper workers’ compensation benefits.
Returning to work too soon
When you suffer an injury at work your goal is likely to return as soon as possible. You may feel pressure from your employer or simply want to return to your daily routine. This can be a costly mistake.
Naturally, returning too early can aggravate your injury and worsen your condition. This decision may also cost you your benefits and leave you in a difficult position. Make sure to take the time to discuss your recovery with a medical professional and receive a proper timeline regarding when you can return to work.
Taking the proper approach following a workplace injury can make the process much easier. Contacting an experienced professional to help you navigate the situation may also be worth considering.