If you have been injured in a workplace accident, depending on the circumstances, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under California law. While some cases are straightforward and settle somewhat promptly, other cases can be more complex and can take a lengthy period of time to resolve. But with any workers’ compensation claim, there are a few things you may want to avoid, or you can risk damaging your chances for recovery. Some these common mistakes include:
Missing Your Interviews or Depositions and Hearings. It is important that you attend all of your interviews or depositions and scheduled hearings. Otherwise, you risk weakening your case. The judge will definitely look down upon a missed hearing, and there is a chance they might even dismiss your case if you fail to appear. If there is a reason you cannot attend a deposition or hearing, let your lawyer know as soon as possible so that other arrangements may be made.
Missing Your Medical Appointments. If you do not go to your scheduled doctor’s appointments, your case might be delayed, or your claim may even be denied. Attending your appointments is essential to your claim since you must be able to provide adequate evidence that your injury or illness is work-related.
Withholding any Important or Relevant Information. If you fail to provide important or relevant information, or even lie about the facts and circumstances of your case, your claim may be denied, and you can face other serious repercussions.
Stay Up to Date on Your Case. Make sure to receive updates from your lawyer about your case, and if you don’t hear from them on a regular basis, you may want to call them so you can stay up to date with deadlines, hearings, and other goings-on.
Deciding Not to Take a Settlement that is Reasonable. With workers’ compensation, the benefits are intended to compensate you for the injuries or illness that you sustained or suffered while on the job. If a reasonable settlement is offered, you might want to consider taking it instead of going to trial where you risk the chance of not recovering any benefits at all. An experienced California Workers’ Compensation Lawyer can help you determine whether or not a settlement offered in your case is reasonable or not.
Refusing to Compromise. Of course, with any workers’ compensation case, any injured worker wants to recover to the fullest extent possible. However, oftentimes workers’ compensation cases require negotiation and compromise and usually can take months to complete. When you have an experienced California Workers’ Compensation Lawyer by your side, they can help you determine what your case might be worth and can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Experienced and Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in California
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident or incident while on the job or is suffering from a workplace illness, and particularly if it occurred in the Hemet, San Bernardino, or Inland Empire areas, you might be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Albert E. Hirst, III, has many years of experience handling workers’ compensation cases for clients who have sustained workplace injuries or illnesses and he can help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you need and deserve. Call our office today at (909) 885-7190 to schedule your free initial no-obligation consultation and learn how we can assist you.