When it comes to filing a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania, avoiding common mistakes is important to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.
The workers’ compensation system provides financial support to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. However, navigating the process can be tricky, and making mistakes can lead to delays or denials.
1. Failure to report promptly
One of the most significant mistakes you can make is not reporting your workplace injury promptly. Pennsylvania law requires employees to notify their employers of an injury within 120 days. Failing to do so can jeopardize your claim.
2. Not seeking medical attention
Delaying or avoiding medical treatment after a workplace injury can undermine your claim. Seek medical attention immediately, not only for your health but also to establish a clear link between the injury and your job.
3. Incomplete or inaccurate documentation
Providing incomplete or inaccurate information in your workers’ compensation claim can lead to problems. Ensure you fill out all forms correctly and include all necessary details, such as the date, time and location of the incident.
4. Returning to work prematurely
Going back to work before you are fully recovered can be detrimental to your health and your claim. Ensure that your doctor clears you for work and that you are genuinely fit to return to your job.
Every year, approximately 4.9 million people file a workers’ compensation claim. By steering clear of common pitfalls, you can better navigate the process and protect your rights as an injured worker. Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.