If you were injured in a work-related accident, what you say immediately after the incident and in the days and weeks following can have a marked impact on your case.
Statements you should avoid making during your workers’ comp claim include but are not limited to saying:
That You Were Hurt Worse Than You Were (Or That You Weren’t Hurt As Bad As You Were)
It’s common for people injured on the job to under or oversell their injuries for a variety of reasons. Some may do so in an attempt to get more money or benefits from the insurance company, but rest assured that workers’ comp adjusters are well trained to identify this.
Dismissing the severity of an injury or multiple injuries is also common; an employee may be afraid of retaliation if they discuss how severe their injuries really are. It’s important that you be fully truthful, regardless of which way your account seems to lean.
That Your Injury Was Caused By Something It Wasn’t
If the account of how your injury actually occurred paints you in a bad light or suggests you may have had a role to play, you may consider trying to think of another way you could have been injured. However, this could be detrimental to your case; even if you were truly injured, if you’re caught fabricating any portion of your account about how it happened, your case could be dropped.
That Your Employer Was At Fault
While your employer may have had a significant role to play in the accident that caused your injuries, discussing this isn’t necessarily in your best interests. Despite the truth of your account, talking badly about your employer may be looked at as unprofessional or even cause workers comp adjusters to suspect that you are lying to get revenge on your employer for some other reason.
Instead, Contact an Experienced Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Attorney
The most important thing you can do following a work accident — other than get immediate medical care — is to secure the representation of a seasoned Louisiana workers’ comp lawyer.
An attorney can represent you and act as a go-between, speaking both to the insurance carrier and your employer on your behalf.
At the Wanko Law Firm, LLC, we have the skills and experience needed to provide you with zealous representation after a devastating work accident. Contact us now to learn more or to schedule your appointment by calling (985) 893-6530.