Workers’ Compensation: Not As Simple As You Think

BY: Koszdin | Friday, October 12, 2018.

Scenario: Jane just started celebrated your 1st year work anniversary. Jane loves her new place of work and is so excited to spend many more years working at that same job. Let’s say she is working as a healthcare worker. Jane has been a sonographer for over 15 years, so in taking this new job at a hospital isn’t anything new. She is experienced and has good reviews with her superiors. Over the span of a few weeks, she starts to feel pain in her shoulder. The pain increases and she now has to take time off of work. She tried to keep working and “tough it out” but after a week or so, she realizes that this is more serious than she thinks. She files a worker’s compensation claim. After two weeks of filing the claim, Jane asks what compensation she is entitled to. When she comes back into work she starts to realize that her superiors aren’t as friendly to her. She wants to pick up extra shifts, but they won’t let her. In fact, they have reduced her schedule to a really low level of hours.

This situation above is complicated and why you need a workers’ compensation attorney on your side. As much as you love where you work, the bottom line is that your company, or hospital, will always look out for themselves before they look out for you. There are many reasons why they practice this way and the main reason is a fraud. Jane’s intention for filing a claim was not to make a quick buck. Instead, she was trying to follow the procedure, but the hospital was skeptical.

What were they looking for?

When you get hurt on the job there is always suspicion from the perspective of the company. They look to your file to ensure that you aren’t “padding” the claims you are making. The fact that Jane asked for what her compensation would be is a red flag for the representative who handles the claim. Because Jane delayed telling her employer about her injury, she is sending yet another red flag.

Did Jane intend to do this? No. Is Jane trying to scam the employee? No. Are they going to investigate and it makes it harder for Jane now that she has raised these two red flags? Yes.

That is why you need to consult with our Worker’s Compensation attorney at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry Law firm in Los Angeles. Our attorneys have worked in the worker’s injury industry for over 50 years. We know the field well and we know how to fix your situation. If you are dealing with a work-related injury and you feel as if something isn’t right about your claim then reach out and consult with our law firm. Give us a call at 818-812-5639 or click here. We can help your claim get back on track and get the compensation you deserve.

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