Kanoski Bresney
Free Consultations
Call us now
to evaluate your case 866-438-2419

Top workers' compensation mistakes to watch for

If you were injured at work, you are probably working on submitting your workers' comp claim. Injured workers in Illinois often depend on workers' compensation benefits to get them through the times when their injury prevents them from earning. The last thing you want is to miss out on this crucial support due to a mistake.

There are several common errors workers' comp applicants commit that seriously complicate the process and even cost them their benefits.

Delaying your report to the supervisor

When you sustain an accident, filling out paperwork may be the last thing on your mind. However, if you delay reporting it, you may be putting your benefits at risk. Technically, you have up to 45 days to report to a supervisor. In practice, a delay of even a few days can lead to the insurer questioning your claim, especially if you do not have witnesses.

Neglecting to comply with doctor's orders

While most people will see a doctor immediately after the accident, they have a harder time keeping up with follow-up appointments. It is important to keep scheduling appointments and treatments as appropriate. Avoid missing appointments; it is better to go the extra mile to show up, even when doing so is difficult, than to face a potential suspension of benefits.

You should also follow the doctor's instructions, including those concerning activity restrictions, and take your prescribed medications. If any aspect of your treatment or medication regimen presents a problem such as a difficult side effect, do not simply stop taking your medicine. Discuss this issue with your health care provider as soon as possible.

Failing to ask about light duty at work

If your doctor believes you are able to return to work on a restricted basis, be active in pursuing such opportunities with your employer. Whatever your job, do not just assume your employer cannot accommodate your restrictions. While this may ultimately turn out to be the case, you need to be on record as having inquired about working on restricted duty and having done your best to obtain such work. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission encourages employers to accommodate light duty.

Submitting a claim that does not provide complete information

It is normal to sometimes overlook details or not to remember exactly how an event occurred. However, if your claim documentation contains omissions or contradictions, you run the risk of denial. Doublechecking the sequence of events and consulting other documentation such as police reports and medical records can help you avoid mistakes and inconsistencies.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

SpringField Law Office
2730 South MacArthur Boulevard
Springfield, Illinois 62704

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 217-523-7742
Map & Directions

Champaign Law Office
314 South Neil Street, Suite 101
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 217-356-1570
Map & Directions

Bloomington Law Office
237 East Front Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 309-829-5700
Map & Directions

Quincy Law Office
2632 Broadway Street
Quincy, Illinois 62301

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 217-222-5504
Map & Directions

Rushville Law Office
129 South Congress Street
Rushville, Illinois 62681

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 217-322-4346
Map & Directions

Macomb Law Office
118 North Lafayette Street
Macomb, Illinois 61455

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 309-836-1002
Map & Directions

Pekin Law Office
427 1/2 Court Street
Pekin, Illinois 61554

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 309-353-9828
Map & Directions

Decatur Law Office
335 East Wood Street, Suite A
Decatur, Illinois 62523

Toll Free: 866-438-2419
Phone: 217-280-4985
Phone: 217-429-3509
Map & Directions