If you have been injured at work, you are probably wondering if you can get some kind of workers compensation. There are many people who successfully file workers comp claims and get what they deserve, while there are others who are denied. Many people wonder what the difference is. Here are some things you should know about the people who get denied.
1. They Didn't Go To The Right Doctors
When you get injured at work, you can't just go to any doctor to get an exam. Think of it like an insurance provider. There are certain doctors and hospitals that are in your network. This goes the same for your work. Your company has relationships and is networked with certain providers, meaning if you want them to help cover your medical bills you need to go to the right doctors to make sure you can get the business to cover the medical bills.
Before you see any doctors, talk to your HR rep, your manager, or consult your employee handbook to see what hospitals and doctors you can see.
2. They Didn't Report The Injury To The Right Sources
Second, you need to make sure that you report your injury to the right channels at work. When you are injured you can't just tell the person next to you about the accident. This doesn't mean that you can't tell others, because it could work to your advantage to have witnesses if the injured is disputed, but know that it is not enough to just tell someone at work. You need to talk to your direct supervisor, your HR rep and your boss to ensure that you have reported it to the proper channels. If you don't do this, there is a chance that your claim will be denied.
3. They Failed To Follow Safety Precautions At Work
Lastly, you have a responsibility to keep yourself safe at work. For example, if there was training about how to use a certain piece of equipment and you disregarded the information and used the equipment improperly, there is a good chance you will be denied.
Additionally, if you were intoxicated or using drugs while on the job you will most likely be denied. In some cases, they will even require that you take a drug test if is suspected that you were high or intoxicated during the accident.
By understanding these things you can determine if you are likely to be denied workers comp.