Biggest Mistakes Employees Make In Their Workers Compensation Case

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Workers compensation cases can be difficult to navigate. When we get up to go to work in the morning, the last thing we expect is to get hurt. So when we do, it can be scary. What do we do? Who do we tell?   If you don’t handle things perfectly, it can ruin your entire case. This is why it is frustrating – both for the employer and for the worker. Everybody just wants to get back to normal. One way to make that happen is to retain an experienced Atlanta workers compensation lawyer. They want t see an attorney who can give them an idea of what to expect.

A Lot of Workers Don’t Think It’s Fair That They Can’t File a Lawsuit

One of the most frustrating things Atlanta workers compensation lawyers must deal with are angry clients. If an employee gets hurt at work, they expect damages. They may insist up and down that their employer didn’t provide them with a safe working environment. That doesn’t matter. The law limits how much you can get from workers comp. Anything more than that and you would need a separate case

Some Employees Insist on Seeing Their Own Doctor

Like it or not, if you get hurt at work, you have to see a company approved doctor as part of your workers compensation case. By law, they are required to give you a list of doctors to choose from. If you refuse to see one of these doctors, your claim will be in jeopardy. Even if you want to see your own doctor, you can’t. You can certainly see your own doctor on the side but you also have to make your appointments with the company-approved doctor.

You May Miss Your Doctors’ Appointments

For some employees, it’s just a matter of a few missed doctor’s appointments. There are all sorts of reasons why someone would miss a few appointments:

  • They are feeling better and don’t see what the doctor can do to help
  • They have no way to get there and no money for an Uber
  • They’re tired of going all the time without feeling any better
  • They feel the doctor does nothing to help them

These may sound like reasons or excuses, But to the injured employee, it’s just a matter of what makes the most sense. At a certain point, you just get fed up. Sadly, the courts don’t care. All they know is that they’re in pain and they want to get better.

You Could Refuse to Perform Light Duty

For some employees, it could take weeks or months for them to get back to their old positions. That doesn’t mean that they don’t have any work for you to do. A lot of companies offer their staff light-duty jobs. This way, they’re contributing to the company and get to stay in the know when it comes to company business. Some employees think that light duty is beneath them. Imagine a construction worker breaks his knee, He can’t go back to work doing construction. However, he can work as a receptionist while he waits to get better, His employer isn’t going to pay him a reduced rate, However, the worker would rather sit home and wait until his doctor clears him to return to work,

If You Run into Problems with Your Workers Compensation Claim, Call Us Immediately

Some workers who get hurt on the job don’t run into any problems. They report their injury and are put out on workers compensation right away. Others must jump through a few hoops but eventually get things straightened out. If that’s the case with you – great. You probably won’t need our services. But if your claim is denied or terminated midway through your claim, you need an experienced Atlanta workers comp lawyer.

All you have to do is call our office and schedule your free initial consultation. Sit down with someone who knows the law. They can answer any questions you may have. They can even give you an idea of how your case is going to progress. If your employer is being standoffish, it isn’t a good sign. If they’re at least trying to work with you, then our Atlanta workers comp lawyer may be able to resolve things rather quickly. The first thing you need to do is call our office and set up a date and time that works for you. The consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose.

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