Workers’ compensation protects employees in the United States from financial hardship in the event of a job-related injury. Unfortunately, profit-minded insurance companies often deny claims, and dishonest employers sometimes argue that injured employees are not entitled to compensation.
Recovering a fair payout after a workplace injury is a legally complicated endeavor. Several factors will affect whether your claim is successful and the amount of money you receive.
In particular, these four mistakes could prevent you from recovering fair compensation:
- Filing too late;
- Failing to prove employer-employee relationship;
- Not visiting a doctor; and
- Not showing evidence that the injury qualifies for workers’ comp benefits.
If you were denied compensation for a work-related injury in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Lafayette injury attorney will evaluate your case and explain your legal options. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at four mistakes that could affect your workers’ comp claim:
- Filing Too Late
Workers’ compensation claims have a statute of limitations, which is a deadline by which the claim must be filed. In most cases, injured employees in Louisiana must file their workers’ comp claims within one year of the date the injury happened or a disability develops.
- Failing to Prove Employer-Employee Relationship
In order for a workers’ comp claim to be successful, there must be an employee-employer relationship. If that relationship does not exist, then you will not be able to recover benefits.
Sometimes employers wrongfully argue that an employer-employee relationship does not exist. If this happens, contact a personal-injury lawyer to discuss your case.
- Not Visiting a Doctor
If you suffer a work-related injury, your top priority is to seek medical attention. After you have reported the injury to your employer or manager, visit a doctor immediately.
A fast diagnosis not only could improve the outcome of your treatment, but it also may increase your chance of recovering workers’ comp benefits. If you put off a medical evaluation, then it may not be easy to connect your injuries to the work-related accident.
- Not Showing Evidence That the Injury Qualifies for Workers’ Comp Benefits
Some injuries do not qualify for workers’ compensation claims. For example, self-inflicted wounds and those that result from the employee’s negligence may not qualify. Again, employers sometimes attempt to argue that an injury does not qualify when, in fact, the worker is entitled to benefits.
Should I Hire an Injury Attorney?
Far too often, insurance companies and employers prioritize their financial interests over those of injured workers. Even if your claim is successful, it is possible that you will not receive fair compensation.
An injury attorney can represent your interests and help you fight for a fair payout. If your claim is denied, your lawyer will help you appeal the decision.
If you were injured on the job in Louisiana, contact Morris Bart, LLC. A Lafayette accident lawyer will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call 800-537-8185 today to schedule a free initial consultation.