Mann Law Firm October 2019



A Common Pitfall in Your Worker’s Comp Case: Difficult Supervisors

M any people are loyal to the place they work; it’s common to hear that some employees have spent 20 years at their job. After spending long hours moving the same body parts in the same positions, some employees develop aches and pains. In these situations, it’s common for employees to use their health insurance, thinking their issues were self-inflicted. If you have experienced these aches and pains before, you may have a workers’ comp case on your hands.

“Workers’ comp cases can be challenging to navigate, which restricts employees from fully recovering.”

Workers’ comp cases can be challenging to navigate, which restricts employees from fully recovering. It’s best to tell your supervisor as soon as any issues start cropping up, as you only have 30 days to notify them. However, not, will undoubtedly try to coerce you into using your health insurance. They might ask you some of the following questions: “Are you really feeling these pains due to your work?”, your supervisor, whether they’re well-meaning or “You’re a strong guy, can you walk it off?”, or “Do you really have to get that checked?” When your supervisor starts asking these questions, keep records of the conversations with email or another form of hard copy. With email, you can maintain perfect records of who said what, which is evidence that can be used if the case goes to court.

There are two distinct steps to take after you’ve made records of notifying your supervisor. The first thing is to contact a seasoned workers’ comp lawyer so they can get you to a doctor that’s covered by your plan. Afterward, it’s imperative you file your workers’ comp claim within one year of when your pain arose.

Workers’ comp claims are under strict provisions, so if you wait

past the one-year mark, you waive all rights to your worker’s

comp benefits. In these situations, it’s common for companies to fire those employees, as they’re no longer risking legal ramifications. If you feel your supervisor is trying to coerce you in any way, reach out at 478-742- 3381, so we can discuss your options going forward. -David Mann | 1

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