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Top 3 mistakes employees make after getting a workplace injury

Workplace injuries happen all the time. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that there were 2.9 million non-deadly injuries at work in 2016. If you suffer a job injury, you may not know what you should do. After all, no one plans on getting hurt. 

However, if you do not take the right steps after a workplace injury, you may end up with an inadequate settlement or insignificant benefits. If you get hurt on the job, it is important for you to get enough compensation. Read on for common mistakes you should avoid making if you get a workplace injury.

1. Not reporting your injury

When you sustain an injury, you may think you will feel better in the morning. Then, you may assume you will recover in a week, only for your injury to remain or even get worse. You may also fear repercussions for filing a workers' compensation claim. It is important to report your injury promptly, or else you may lose out on your opportunity for compensation. Plus, it is illegal for your employer to fire you for filing a claim for your injury. 

2. Exaggerating your injury

However, when you decide to file your claim, make sure you do not inflate your story. You may want to exaggerate on some of the details in an attempt to get more money, but this may easily backfire. If the courts catch you in a lie, your chances of getting any money will be significantly lower.

3. Not getting legal help

You may feel confident that you can handle your claim on your own. This puts you at a disadvantage because your employer and the insurance company will more than likely be consulting with their own lawyers. You deserve to have an attorney fighting for your rights. 

Getting an injury on the job may cause discouragement and confusion, but as long as you avoid these mistakes and get legal help, you will be on the right track.


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