Living with Chronic Pain
Tips for Dealing with Worker's Compensation
The Worker’s Compensation program is a complex system that requires a lot of time and effort to work through. If the system were a more efficient process, many people would receive the medical attention they deserve when they need it, meaning they could miss less work and reduce the risk of developing other conditions. In the end, the only person who can help take charge of your priorities and case is you.
As a person with a chronic condition, you are entitled to medical help and many other benefits. But it is up to you to make sure you receive these benefits. Retaining an attorney for your worker’s compensation claim may end up costing you more money than needed with access to only a limited percentage of the money you are entitled to. Hiring an attorney may slow down your case as well as the medical attention and your ability to return to worker as soon as possible. Knowing your rights is the best way to get the most out of your claim.
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you have filed a worker’s compensation claim:
1. Take charge of your case.
Insurance companies and attorneys oversee hundreds of worker’s compensation claims, meaning that yours is just another number to them. They are not able to focus on your needs as well as you are. Always take charge by taking the time to know your rights and what you are entitled to, and then do not be afraid to enforce them.
2. Work on your claim every day.
It might take a lot of effort on your part to get approvals and move forward with your case. If it takes several hours of phone calls and emails, be sure to stay on top of what you need to do on a daily basis.
3. Write things down.
Keep a list of everyone you speak to and everything you accomplish on a daily basis. Write down dates, times, and names as well as the topic you inquired about and what answers you were told.
4. Ask questions.
If you have any questions, contact the worker’s compensation office located within your state. Again, you might have to wait to find someone to talk to, but they should always have someone handy to answer your questions.