What To Do — And Not To Do — After A Work Injury In Rhode Island
Do report the injury to your employer. As soon as you know that your injury or illness is work-related, report it to your employer. Waiting too long to report your injury could hurt your workers’ compensation claim.
Do get medical treatment. This is important not only for your health, but also for your workers’ comp claim. You will need medical documentation to support your claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Don’t assume that your employer’s insurance company is on your side. Remember, insurance companies are in business to make money — not necessarily to pay you the benefits you need and deserve. Disputes over workers’ compensation arise when insurance companies try to deny benefits. With the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore on your side, you can be sure that your claim is in good hands and that you have a strong legal advocate on your side to hold the insurance company accountable.
Don’t downplay your injury. While it is common for injured people to say that they are “feeling okay” or “not too bad,” the reality is that downplaying your injury to your employer, the doctor or the insurance company could be bad for your workers’ compensation claim. Instead of downplaying your injury, try to be as accurate as possible about what is bothering you and where you feel pain or discomfort.
Don’t go back to work before you are healed. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors recommend that patients go back to work prematurely. If you believe that you have been sent back to work before you are fully recovered from your injury, talk to us as soon as possible.
Don’t try to handle your workers’ comp claim on your own. Trying to navigate the claim process alone is a mistake that many people regret for years to come. Errors in the filing process and lack of medical documentation are common mistakes that occur when people try to handle their workers’ comp claims on their own. This often results in lost benefits and can have serious medical consequences. It’s best to have a legal professional on your side — someone who knows the process and how to get results.
Do contact a workers’ compensation attorney. The sooner we can get involved in your case, the sooner we can start protecting your rights and helping you get the benefits you need and deserve.
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