6 Tips for Filling Workers’ Compensation FormsBy Kenton Koszdin on March 16, 2022 | In Workers Compensation
Have you been injured at work? Is your injury the cause of your inability to continue working? Are your medical bills and other expenses piling up? Don’t stress, but use this break to file your worker’s compensation case.
Before you jump into filing your application, here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
- Report your injury to your employer right away. It is advised not to leave your workplace as that may raise questions regarding your whereabouts and when the injury occurred. Nevertheless, if your injury is severe or critical, you must seek medical assistance immediately.
- File for workers’ compensation as soon as possible. Ideally, your employer should have the necessary forms readily available to file your application. However, if they do not, you can take up to a few weeks to report your injury and file your claim. Empirical evidence suggests that the sooner you file for your compensation, the higher are your chances of getting it.
- Do not sign any documents or forms without reading them carefully. Reading lengthy forms with legal jargon can be difficult to understand at times. Disclaimers in fine print can also be tricky and usually go unnoticed by many applicants. Signing without knowing may result in reduced or even complete denial of your claim (if you have unknowingly signed a waiver).
- Ask your employers for some time to review and maybe seek professional guidance before you sign any documents. You may also consult your human resources department for assistance completing any compensation forms and asking them for clarification in case of any ambiguity.
- Consult your lawyer on how to get the maximum benefit from your claim. Workers’ compensation attorneys are experienced in handling such cases and have in-depth knowledge of building a solid case that will yield maximum benefit to their clients.
- Avoid signing handwritten documents, especially if those are written by someone else. Again, it is strongly advised that you get all documents reviewed by your lawyer before signing them.
The stress or trauma of an injury combined with overdue bills and payments can play havoc with one’s mental and physical condition. You might feel like you are alone carrying this heavy burden; however, that is not the case.
The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, workers’ compensation attorneys in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family. Feel free to consult our legal team for more information and assistance by calling 800-438-7734. Don’t delay taking the right step towards attaining your mental peace and getting the financial assistance to which you are entitled.