Unfortunately, work-related injuries happen all the time. In fact, up to 2.5% of private sector workers in South Carolina suffered from a work-related injury in 2016 alone.
When you’ve suffered from a work-related injury, it’s critical that you know what to do and what not to do. This is because some of the most common mistakes can have a major impact on your potential benefits or settlement.
To help you get the best compensation for your work-related injury, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common mistakes workers have made in the past after they’ve been injured on the job.
Not reporting your work-related injuries soon enough
This is perhaps the most common mistake employees will make when they’ve suffered from a work-related injury. It’s essential to report your work-related accident to your employer as soon as possible.
Not only is this important because you need your employer’s insurance to cover the cost of your injuries, but it’s also important because there’s a time frame involved.
According to South Carolina law, you need to report your work-related injuries to your employer within 90 days. If you’d like to file for workers' compensation, you have up to two years to do so.
Although there are some exceptions to this law, it isn’t worth having to defend a delayed report for an injury you suffered. That said, file your work-related injury claim as soon as possible.
Not reporting all of your work-related injuries.
When you don’t disclose all of your injuries up front and instead choose to disclose them later, it can look like you’re trying to claim more workers' compensation benefits than you’re entitled to.
That said, be sure to let your doctor know the full extent of your injuries and pain when you’ve suffered from a work-related injury. For instance, if you fell and hurt your leg but also experience pain in your arm, let your doctor know.
Who can I call when I’ve been injured on the job?
If you’ve been injured on the job or your workers comp has been denied, it’s in your best interest to contact a workers' compensation lawyer. Contact the law office of Best and Flatt today to learn more about what you can do when you’ve been injured at work or hit by a car while on the job.
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