Statements Can Destroy Your Workers’ Compensation Case
Many employees unfortunately encounter financial hardships after a workplace injury associated with expenses like lost wages and the staggering costs of medical treatment. Without the benefits afforded under Florida’s workers’ compensation system, it can be difficult to make ends meet after a work-related injury. And while most injured workers should be entitled to those benefits after being hurt while working in the scope of employment, too many injured workers make simple, but costly, mistakes that can unfortunately destroy their entire case. Specifically, while injured workers have to be mindful of all their actions during the ongoing case, making certain statements is one action in particular that can hurt the chances of obtaining compensation.
Here are some things you should avoid in the statements you make after a workplace injury.
Giving Too Much Information
No matter how friendly the insurance adjuster and even the treating independent medical examiner might appear to be, keep in mind that all of these people were hired by the insurance company. While that doesn’t mean they aren’t genuinely kind people, it does mean your interests are different theirs and, more importantly, these people are not on your side. You should be specific about what led to the accident and be honest when answering the questions that are asked. Beyond that, don’t engage in lengthy conversations or offer information that you aren’t asked about.
Coming Across as Untrustworthy
It might seem like reporting more serious symptoms than what you have experienced will help your pursuit of workers’ compensation benefits. However, exaggerating your symptoms and otherwise appearing inconsistent with what you say about your accident will only make you appear dishonest. As insurers will already typically be looking for a way to deny your claim, the last thing you want to do is help them by coming across in a way that damages your credibility.
Allowing Yourself to Be Recorded at the Wrong Time
You should expect a phone call from an adjuster at your employer’s insurance company and he or she will likely ask you for a recorded statement. You should proceed very cautiously with how you handle this. Even a comment you might think is completely innocent can damage your chances of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. Prior to agreeing to any requests for recorded statements, it is best to obtain legal help from a knowledgeable attorney who can help you phrase things in a way that protects your claim.
Speak With A Knowledgeable Professional
Attempts to obtain workers’ compensation benefits often fail as a result of workers not understanding what they should and shouldn’t do after their injury. And in addition to all the above-mentioned potential mistakes, another important mistake is not consulting with a legal team. As the Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates, we are dedicated to helping people who have been injured in all sorts of accidents while working and we have a proven track record of success. If you turn to us for help, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands with our legal team as we guide you through this process. Contact us today.