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Are there common workers’ comp errors people make?

| Jul 19, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

People might suffer injuries on the job even when they take great care to avoid any mishaps. Kentucky workers in all industries may file for workers’ compensation after being hurt, but something goes wrong with the claim. A denial letter reveals the claim suffered a rejection. Sometimes, the rejection results from an avoidable mistake made by the worker.

Common mistakes that workers make

Not surprisingly, some workers’ comp claim mistakes reflect common errors workers make consistently. A lack of experience may lead to such errors, and the mistakes could hurt someone’s chances of approval. Submitting an incomplete application or one riddled with errors won’t likely help the cause.

Failing to include the necessary medical and supporting documentation proves unhelpful as well. A highly detailed accident report could address the reviewing agent’s questions, but documents lacking details might hurt the claim.

Not reporting the accident timely may be one of the biggest mistakes injured workers make. Someone has to investigate a claimed accident, and things could become quite difficult a month after the incident.

Not knowing about other mistakes

Unfortunately, the average worker is probably not familiar with how the process works. The worker might not keep track of all his or her expenses or handle other necessary duties. Lack of knowledge about the process may lead to errors and omissions that make the process more aggravating.

A hostile employer could cause troubles, a scenario outside the worker’s control. Employers might not believe the claim, despite the evidence, adding to the difficulties.

An initial denial is not necessarily the end of a claim. Filing an appeal is an option, but mistakes could damage the reconsideration.

An attorney may help a worker struggling to avoid mistakes on a claim. The attorney could represent the client during the process, including any appeals.

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