Workers' Compensation Do's And Don'ts

The workers' compensation process can be complex, and it may be difficult to know how to take the next step — or what pitfalls to avoid. While the best way to safeguard your interests after a work-related injury is to speak with a proven attorney, there are some basic do's and don'ts for workers' compensation claims.

Don'ts:

  • Don't assume the injury or condition will get better on its own. Request medical attention immediately.
  • Don't allow a representative from your employer or insurer to attend your medical appointments.
  • Don't give a statement to an insurance company without speaking to an attorney. Do not assume that the insurance company is looking out for your rights.
  • Don't procrastinate. There are strict statutes of limitations for a workers' compensation claim, and acting quickly allows you and your attorney to begin collecting essential evidence and building a strong case.
  • Don't assume that the company doctor's diagnosis or rating are the final word.
  • Don't assume your employer or their insurance carrier are looking out for your best interests, or that they will file a claim for compensation. They will not!

Do's:

  • Notify your employer verbally and in writing of the accident immediately.
  • Request immediate medical treatment. When speaking with the doctor, be clear and thorough when discussing your symptoms and make sure to tell him or her if the symptoms are work-related.
  • Do file your case with the Division of Workers' Compensation timely.
  • Most importantly, DO contact an experienced workers' compensation lawyer if you have questions about the rights or benefits you are entitled to.

Contact The Law Office Of John Adams Christiansen, L.C.

The best way to maximize the compensation you receive under the law and ensure that your employer and its workers' compensation insurer treat you fairly is to secure legal representation from a law firm experienced in workers' compensation. Attorney John A. Christiansen can help you understand your rights and options when you have suffered an injury at work.

To learn more, please contact our offices in Kansas City or Blue Springs, Missouri, at 816-298-9892. Based in the Kansas City area, we represent clients in both Missouri and Kansas.