Unfortunately, not all employees injured while working bother to report the incident or seek workers’ compensation benefits. Many do not file a claim simply because they believe the many untruths about the program.
For example, some don’t seek benefits because they assume the employer has full authority to deny their claim. In truth, you can pursue benefits even if your boss has a problem with you filing a claim.
Exchange your misconceptions for facts to understand workers’ compensation and help ensure that you get the benefits you deserve. Let’s look at a few popular myths.
Denial is the end of the road
Some injury claims are denied, but you can appeal the decision under Pennsylvania law. When appealing, you must explain why the denial should be overturned. Legal guidance can help you present your case in the best light, so don’t let the possibility of denial keep you from seeking benefits.
Underlying conditions can disqualify you
Generally, employee injuries are compensable when work conditions cause a new injury or aggravate an old one. However, you must prove that your work duties worsened or aggravated an existing condition. Your current and past medical records may help you connect your job to your present injury.
You won’t get paid if you can’t work
A doctor could order you to stay home from work for a while if your condition warrants it. Perhaps you don’t realize this, but workers’ comp replaces a portion of the wages lost because of your injury or illness. That can help you continue to pay your bills and buy groceries while you recover.
It can help to seek information instead of listening to word of mouth. A legal professional can help you understand how to get the compensation to which you’re entitled.