So You Have Filed Or Are Trying To File A Workers’ Compensation Claim. Now What?
What should happen and what may actually happen when you file a workers’ comp claim may be very different. When you suspect something is not going as it should, it’s time to talk with a knowledgeable attorney. Remember, at The Law Office of Gretchen Hall in St. Paul, you will not owe attorneys’ fees until and unless we recover compensation for you that was not forthcoming as it should.
What Should Happen
- Your employer (perhaps a human resources representative) should listen to your story, record the facts and help determine whether your injury meets the definition necessary for a workers’ compensation claim.
- Depending on the size of your employer, you may tell your story to a nurse or another medical expert, as well as to appropriate managers or other staff at your workplace.
- Your employer should inform you of your rights and help you get the ball rolling to have a medical evaluation and begin treatment, if appropriate.
- Once your treatment or therapy is underway, your employer may ask you to submit progress reports.
- Your employer should not fire you or demote you because of an on-the-job injury, in most cases. Discuss this topic with a lawyer for more information about it.
What May Happen
- You may encounter resistance to the idea of your filing a claim.
- Your employer may appear to put up roadblocks, stalling and discouraging you from filing a claim.
- Your employer or the employer’s workers’ compensation insurer may try to dissuade you from getting a second opinion or seeing a doctor of your choosing.
- Your claim may be denied.
- Your claim may be approved, but then specific treatments recommended by doctors may be denied.
- You may begin receiving benefits, but then the insurer may stop them prematurely.
When Questions Or Roadblocks Come Up, Request A Free Consultation
When your workers’ compensation claim does not go smoothly, and you do not have access to the benefits you should rightly have, you need an attorney by your side. Contact The Law Office of Gretchen Hall if your claim was denied or if you are unable to collect all rightful benefits, injury law attorney Gretchen Hall is here o help you recover from a legal and financial standpoint. Call 651-964-6106 to reach us in St. Paul or complete our intake form.