When workers suffer injuries on the job, they are supposed to report their occupational injuries to their employers, seek medical care, and file workers’ compensation claims for benefits. Because workers’ comp insurance carriers don’t want to pay false claims — and because they are always looking to limit their liability — they will investigate every claim that comes their way.
While it is their duty to investigate so that they don’t get taken advantage of by workers who abuse the system and really aren’t injured, it appears that they are investigating for the sole reason of denying claims. In fact, it is the trend that more and more people are getting their legitimate workplace injury claims denied on the following grounds:
- Because the insurer believes the injury was pre-existing
- Because the insurer feels the injury wasn’t related to the person’s job
Because insurance companies are always looking to limit their liability, they often have “experts” on hand to give opinions such as these in order to deny workers’ comp claims for benefits. This is typically the case with injuries such as carpal tunnel and other repetitive motion injuries.
This is why it is important to your case that you have experts in your corner. Getting the right medical treatment could make or break your case, which is why it is important that you don’t just go to just any doctor. You need to see a doctor familiar with the type of work you do and who will conduct specialized orthopedic and neurological tests. Additionally, it is important that the doctor feels comfortable giving a statement in an injury claim.
Because going to the doctor is a key part of a Florida workers’ comp claim, you need a lawyer on your side who will work with the doctor to strengthen your claim. Additionally, you need an attorney who understands the workers’ comp laws and will work to get you the best possible financial outcome for your work-related injury.