If you have been injured on the job, you are facing financial struggles in addition to your pain. Not all workers’ compensation claims are readily approved. Sometimes legitimate claims are denied, and an appeal must be filed.
When you enlist the help of a workers’ compensation attorney, your odds of having your claim approved increase significantly. However, there are a few other things you can do to help ensure your claim is approved and you get access to the benefits that you need and deserve after a workplace accident.
Tips for Workers’ Comp Claim Success
You will need to make sure you report your accident to your employer right away. While the timeframe varies from one state to another, you need to make sure your employer is aware of your injuries, so the timeframe doesn’t pass.
The next step in a successful claim is making sure you get the names of any witnesses. Witnesses are important since they can backup your claim and prove that you were hurt while working.
You need to get medical care as soon as possible. If you don’t see a list of workers’ compensation physicians, ask your supervisor or manager for a copy of the list.
When you explain your accident, you must give clear details explaining how you were hurt. As an example, you don’t just say you fell off a ladder in the stockroom. You would say you were on the ladder trying to get down a large case of crackers for a customer when the ladder rocked, you lost your balance and then you fell onto the floor, landing on your back and right side.
Consistency and Accuracy
Workers’ compensation claims are often denied when the worker is inconsistent regarding statements made about the accident and injury. You need to make sure all accident reports are properly completed. If you are too medicated or too ill when you are asked to complete the forms, tell your employer that you will need to wait until you are feeling better. You need a clear head to fill out the forms properly.
Often, the insurer will ask you to sign an authorization form allowing access to copies of your medical records. This is a normal request just so long as this authorization is limited to medical records only.
You should never give a recorded statement to the insurance company. Do not agree to giving this statement unless you have an attorney and your attorney agrees. Attend your medical appointments and continue with follow-up care. And, the last thing you should do is make sure you speak with a workers’ compensation attorney.
Consult With a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have been injured while working at Walmart, improve your odds of a successful workers’ compensation claim by consulting with a workers’ compensation attorney. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page, so you can share your details with a workers’ compensation lawyer who will help you get your claim on the right track.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Walmart, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.