CLAIMANT’S WORKERS’ COMPENSATION DOs AND DON’Ts
1. DO NOT give a recorded statement about your case to the insurance adjustor or anyone else.
2. If a nurse employed by the workers’ compensation carrier contacts you, DO NOT discuss your medical condition, employment, employment prospects, personal life or anything else with him/her. DO call your attorney to discuss the event.
3. If any person other than your treating doctor directs you to see any other doctor, DO NOT go until you have discussed the situation with your attorney.
4. DO NOT sign any papers presented to you by any employee or agent of the insurance company until your attorney has reviewed them.
5. If you are presently receiving or have a claim pending for weekly benefits, DO be aware that insurance companies often hire investigators to watch and record your activities. DO act accordingly.
6. DO report any change in your medical condition or employment status to your attorney.
7. DO NOT show this paper or any other papers you receive from your attorney to anyone.
8. If a vocational counselor hired by the insurance company contacts you about locating work, DO NOT discuss anything with the counselor until you have spoken to your attorney.
9. DO NOT discuss any aspect of your workers’ compensation case with the insurance adjustor with two exceptions:
a.) If you have not received reimbursement for prescriptions or mileage, you should speak directly to the adjustor; and/or
b.) If you have not received your check, you should speak directly to the adjustor. DO NOT call your attorney regarding your checks unless your checks are two weeks late or if the adjustor will not speak with you regarding this information. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act allows us to file for a 20% penalty on all amounts owed to you if your checks are more than two weeks late.
10. DO NOT write letters to the adjustor, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission, or anyone else handling your case.
11. If you are placed on light duty, DO contact your employer to see if light duty work is available. If they do not have light duty work, DO start looking for light duty work immediately. DO contact at least 10 employers per week, register with the Virginia Employment Commission, and keep a list of all job contacts including: name, address, date, telephone number, and contact person.
12. EVERY time your see your doctor, DO get a disability slip and send our office a photocopy of it. DO keep the originals of the disability slips.