After an injury at work, you may be tempted to believe that your employer will do everything possible to help you through your recovery. While employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for these situations, your employer’s insurance company has a vested interest in paying you as little as possible—and any errors you make can give them the means to underpay or deny your benefits.
Mistakes That Put Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits at Risk
The best way to avoid missteps and protect your recovery is to speak with a Rhode Island workers’ compensation attorney about your benefits. We can guide you through the process and help you avoid mistakes that could impact your recovery, such as:
Failing to report your injuries.
Employees must report any accident at work that results in an injury. There is only a limited amount of time to report a work-related injury, and failing to do so can affect your workers’ compensation benefits.
Allowing the company to choose your doctor.
Employers may encourage you to see physicians of their choosing in order to control your care. Rhode Island workers’ compensation law allows employees to select their own doctors, so you should select someone you trust to treat your work injuries.
Posting about the accident online.
Anything you post to Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites can be accessed by your employer or coworkers and used against you. It is best to disable your accounts or make all posts private.
Ignoring your doctor’s orders.
You should follow all medical advice related to your injury, both for your health and for your benefit claim. If you cancel follow-up appointments or return to work before you reach your maximum medical improvement, your insurer may be unwilling to continue paying your benefits.
Have You Been Injured On The Job In Rhode Island?
If you've been hurt at work you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help work injury victims in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.