Work Comp Tactics: Beware

As West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyers, we make sure to alert our clients to the myriad of tricks and tactics workers’ compensation carriers rely on to deter an injured worker from seeking medical care or lost wages after being hurt at work.

Many of these acts rely on an injured worker having no experience with being hurt at work or seeking medical care. Their efforts are meant to deter you from filing a claim by making it difficult to obtain the proper paperwork or reach a customer service representative on the toll free lines.

There are even times when the insurance companies will try these tricks when we – file a new claim or report an injury. However, as experienced work injury compensation lawyers in West Palm Beach, we recognize when the carriers are playing games and are able to avoid their delay tactics to get you the medical care and lost wages you deserve.

For those who have open work comp claims and are receiving medical care or lost wages, you may hear that your case is closed. Our West Palm Beach work injury lawyers posted an article about this last week. Remember, when the insurance company tries to tell you that your case is closed, it should be a red flag to call a workers’ compensation lawyer right away. Remember, the case is almost always capable of being opened. Don’t let an adjuster, a nurse case manager or someone from your employer tell you otherwise. If your case is stalled for some reason, it isn’t closed forever. Call an experienced work injury layer at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt. We will get it jump started today.

Other ways the insurance companies play games is to tell you that it is too late to treat with a work comp doctor. There are deadlines written into the workers’ compensation laws that limit how long you have to file a claim or treat with a doctor. – These rules, or statutes of limitation, are often confusing and not meant to be easily understood. If you think you may have an issue with proceeding with a work comp case due to a statute of limitations issue, call one of our West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyers immediately. Literally, time is of the essence.

Another favorite insurance company trick is the investigatory period. This is when the insurance company tells you that they are investigating your injury and will get back to you. They rarely do. If your employer says this, you should not believe it. Their investigation will almost always be in their favor, if it really is ever conducted.

If you have reported an accident or injury, the employer is required to report the matter to their work comp carrier and they are supposed to send you to a medical provider. Don’t let their delay affect your medical status and ability to earn an income. Call the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt, and ensure your case stays on track.