1. Failing to Seek Immediate Medical Attention After a Traumatic Event
The victim is always responsible for proving that he or she was injured in a work accident. Insurance companies often believe that if you aren’t hurt badly enough to immediately report your accident to your employer and seek immediate medical attention, you aren’t hurt badly enough to deserve compensation. Don’t ignore signs of pain, even small ones. See a doctor as soon as possible, as minor injuries can always get worse.
2. Failing to Fully Disclose Your Health History and Habits to Your Doctor
A health care provider will usually ask if you had any injury or sickness before your current problem. It is important to be honest when answering this type of question. Doctors use past medical history to diagnose and treat you. Providing incomplete information can impact the quality of the medical care you receive. Concealing prior injury or sickness from your doctor will also hurt your legal case. If you provide your doctors with incomplete information, their medical opinions could be rejected by insurance companies and the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission. Aggravations of pre-existing injuries are covered under workers compensation.
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