If you've been injured on the job, you can be injured both physically and financially. This is particularly true if your injuries have left you unable to work. Workers compensation benefits are designed to provide for your financial needs when you're injured at work. Unfortunately, insurance companies don't always like to pay out for losses, especially if it's going to cost them a substantial amount of money. That's why you'll need to avoid doing anything that may jeopardize your case. Here are three things you should avoid doing while out on work-related injuries.
Excessive Physical Activities
While you're collecting workers compensation, the insurance company, or your employer, may be watching you. They're going to trying to catch you doing something that you shouldn't be, such as carrying the groceries into the house or doing yard work. This is particularly true if you're under doctor's orders to avoid those activities. It's also important that you avoid posting photos on social media sites if the photos show you participating in physical activities.
Proclamations of Health
While you're recovering from work-related injuries, you should avoid making positive statements regarding your health. For instance, you should never tell people that you're feeling better or that your injuries are no longer bothering you. While these statements may seem harmless, you're insurance company may be able to use them against you, especially if you're telling your employer or your doctors that you're still suffering from your injuries.
Visiting Your Workplace
You may miss your co-workers while you're out on workers compensation. However, you should never go to your place of employment for a visit until you've been cleared by your doctor. This is particularly important if you think your case will have to go to court. The insurance company may use your employer or co-workers as witnesses against you in court. For instance, they may ask them if they observed any signs of your injuries or if you appeared to be in pain during your visit. Unless your employer asks you to come in, you should avoid workplace visits until your case has settled.
You've been injured on the job. You're going to need workers compensation law benefits to help you financially until you're able to return to work. The information provided above will help you avoid problems with your benefits. If you're having trouble getting the benefits you're entitled to, you should contact a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.