When it comes to workplace injuries, most people are very honest. Workers’ compensation is usually considered “no-fault,” which means that even if you caused the accident, you are still covered by workers’ compensation under most circumstances. Unfortunately, however, a very small minority of employees does try to work the system to their advantage, which may have your employer on edge if your claim contains certain red flags.
What Your Employer Looks for in a Workers’ Compensation Claim
No two workplace injuries are exactly alike, but when it comes to fraudulent claims, many share the same traits. Of course, just because your claim contains one of these “red flags” does not mean that you, too, are being fraudulent—it just means that your employer may feel compelled to look at your case a bit more closely.
What are the things that are cause for concern for many employers?
- You reported your injury immediately following your hire or termination
- You are difficult to contact
- You’ve missed one or more medical appointments
- You have made previous workers’ compensation claims
- Your symptoms and injury do not appear to be connected
Of course, there are many reasons why one of the above scenarios applies to your situation. For instance, if you are seriously injured, you may be unable to attend one or two appointments or you may be unable to answer the phone. You may have experienced a serious soft tissue injury that is difficult to diagnose. Either way, you could exhibit all of the above and still have filed an honest claim—it will just take more work on your employer’s end to ensure that your claim is valid.
When you’ve been injured at work, you deserve the proper compensation. If you are experiencing resistance from your employer or their workers’ compensation insurer, Augusta workers’ compensation attorney Chris Hudson can help you get the benefits you need to properly heal and return to work. Call or click on the live chat link to learn more!