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If you’ve been hurt at work and are filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, you might
think that’s all you need to do.
But that isn’t always the case. Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim can have some
pitfalls and red flags – which can draw the attention of your employer, the managed care
organization or MCO or even the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
So, what are some red flags to watch for or be aware of, so your claim proceeds and
you get your benefits? Here’s what might be considered a red flag. Pro tip: Hiring a
Workers’ Compensation attorney can also help you, as well!
When you report your accident
If you are injured late in the work week but you report your injury on a Monday or
Tuesday, that can be a red flag. Why? Because the employer might think you weren’t
actually hurt at work, but over the weekend instead. Try to report your injury as quickly
If you don’t have any witnesses to your injury, that can also be something that draws the
attention of officials. You don’t need witnesses, but having someone see your injury and
confirm that it occurred – or if it was caught on tape – can only help your claim.
This isn’t your first time filing a workers’ compensation claim
Multiple injuries can occur, especially if you work in a high-risk job. But having multiple
claims – or knowing a lot about the system – can be red flags. Also, if you are close to
retirement and you report an injury, that can be a red flag as well.
Why? There are many reasons. There are people who try to defraud the system and
they are likely to fit the profile: Filing multiple claims, are disgruntled and have made
comments about retirement and the system and knowing certain details that make them
seem more likely to not have a true injury are just a few.
None of these things mean you don’t have a true and valid claim; but they can draw
extra attention when your claim is processed and decisions are made on the issue of
whether the claim will be allowed.
If you have questions about filing a claim, our qualified attorneys are here to help.
Contact us today.