In addition to knowing what to do when filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is equally important to be aware of what you must not do when dealing with your claim. Your claim for workers' compensation benefits is extremely important, as it will help you to stay financially secure and allow you to provide for your family while you receive medical treatment and rehabilitation for your work-related injuries.
1) Don’t Go to an Unauthorized Medical Provider
First and foremost, do not simply go out and choose your own medical provider if you are unable to pay for that care. Your employer may not, and is not obligated to, pay for any unauthorized medical care you receive.
Of course, it is possible to have your employer authorize your choice of medical providers prior to your appointment. Nevertheless, never go out and get treatment from an unauthorized medical provider believing that your employer will simply pay for it.
If you do gain approval from your employer to receive medical care from the provider of your choice, make sure to keep copies of the approval, as well as any documentation related to that care.
2) Don’t Create Conflict
Second, never create problems by engaging in arguments or threats with or against your employer. The creation of any conflict may further impede the process, and will not advance your cause. Such actions usually lead to an unresponsive or uncooperative employer when seeking information or approvals you may need to get your benefits paid.
3) Don’t Pursue Fraudulent Claims
Third, you should never seek workers’ compensation benefits for an injury that you know is not work-related. Such behavior is an act of fraud and can be the subject of a criminal action against you if you collect benefits that are later found to be for a non-work related injury. Rather than trying to decide yourself if your injury is truly work-related, consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. There are many instances in which employees believed that their injury was not work-related merely because it did not occur on company property or during normal work hours. The fact is, whether or not an injury is work-related is a question of law, which is best answered by a trained and experienced workers’ compensation professional.
Let Our Iowa Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Help With Your Claim
The Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys at The Pothitakis Law Firm can help you determine whether your injury is work-related. They can explain the law to you in plain language, and in many cases, it is discovered that an injury is in fact work-related. It is worth far more than the time and effort it may take to schedule an appointment and visit our office for a free consultation to see if you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries. If you are unable to travel to our offices, accommodations will be made so that we can meet with you and discuss your case.