PENNY WISE, OR ... POUND FOOLISH?
We are continuing on with the series about the mistakes people make in personal injury cases. Workers’ compensation or work-injury cases are personal injury cases. Workers' compensation claims start off "on the job". This is one area I really like. But when simple mistakes are made, mistakes that destroy the value of the case, I get frustrated with how most of this could be avoided if only the client or lawyer better understood the game that is being played.
THE GAME OF INSURANCE CLAIMS
When you make a serious mistake, sometimes we can fix the problem, but most of the time lawyers simply refuse to take the case because your mistake simply can't be fixed. In the past two years I have settled for half value at least three cases where the clients made serious blunders that should have been avoided if we’d been hired at the outset.
PROTECTING YOUR WORKERS' COMPENSATION BENEFITS
Let me help you to avoid being a victim of your own poor judgment. Here is where and how mistakes are made. These mistakes really hurt the value of your case and in some instance, destroy any value.
- Fail to report the injury to your supervisor within 90 days of the injury date.
- Fail to accurately report the injury and in terms that how you were injured is clear.
- Fail to get legal advice before giving a recorded statement.
- Giving a recorded statement and talking too much about things having nothing to do with the accident or injury.
- Failing to give the first doctor the same description as the one you gave your supervisor about how you got injured.
LIFE ISN'T SO SIMPLE IN WORKERS COMPENSATION
After you commit any one of these five sins your case can go south. In workers’ compensation there are so many ways to screw up your case that for me to cover them all would take a month of Sundays. What I would suggest is you hire a lawyer to help you to stay out of trouble.
ACT NOW, CALL TODAY!
Good luck with your case and if we can help, give Barbara a call to schedule a phone conference or in-person conference.