What Not To Do During the Workers' Comp Claim Process
Knowing what to do during a workers’ comp case can be very difficult to determine, especially if you are going through it alone. Let’s take a closer look at what you should NOT do during this process.
Don’t discuss your case with anyone other than people involved in the case.
This is very important for everyone to pay attention to. It is a very bad idea to speak about your case to anyone other than your lawyer or perhaps the insurance representative. If you speak to someone about your case, the information could very well be distorted by the people who hear the details. This could lead to problems if this person talks to someone else in turn. The distorted facts could reach the insurance company, which would influence the results of the case itself.
They could reject the case and leave you without money to pay the medical bills because of it. Be careful about who you speak to about your case, even among family members. Your lawyer will want to keep as much information about the case confidential as he or she possibly can.
Don’t allow anyone to talk you out of reporting the incident or sign any medical releases.
There is a chance that the people you work for might try to talk you out of filing a claim for workers’ compensation. The supervisor might not want it to get out that there was an accident on their watch. Perhaps they won’t have the funds to pay for the workers’ compensation properly. Either way, it is in your best interests to ignore the attempt at persuasion from your boss or even their boss. This is especially true if you have proof of the idea that the accident was caused by the negligence of the company you work for.
Another thing to watch out for is the act of signing a medical release. If you do sign a medical release during the workers’ comp process, this could potentially mean that you are giving information about your past medical issues to your company. This would include parts of your medical history that the company has no right to have in the first place. It’s a better idea to not sign anything at all without a lawyer present.
Don’t settle the case if you are medically unstable or without talking to an attorney first.
You do not want to settle the case if you are not in a fit mental condition to make big decisions on the matter. You want to make sure you are in a condition where you make the right decision for you. The first thing you want to do during this time is to hire a lawyer to help you through the process.
This lawyer will make sure you do not make any decisions during the case that could jeopardize the results. They will be able to tell you what the process is and make sure you don’t miss any paperwork or anything of the like. He or she would tell you of all options available to you and also tell you what the best decision to make for your case.
Greenville, NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
I’m Brian Ricci, a workers’ compensation lawyer in Greenville, NC. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at work, please call me at please call me at (252) 752-7785 or 800-387-6406 for free, friendly advice.