Personal Injuries: Basic Knowledge For You

Three Ways You Can Lose Your Workers' Compensation Benefits

If your claim for workers' compensation benefits has been approved and you begin to receive your money, you need to know that it is possible that your benefits can be stopped. There are any number of reasons that this can happen. The following are among the most common.

You did not keep your doctor's appointments

It is one thing to cancel a doctor's appointment and reschedule, but if you are not showing up at all and the insurance company becomes aware of this, they can stop your checks. These medical appointments may relate to physical therapy or relate to monitoring your recovery as your body heals. You need to keep in mind that there is seldom a specific time frame for your benefits. You may need more time to heal or less depending upon your progress. But if you don't have a doctor's supervision, and you don't keep your medical appointments, you are giving an insurance company an excuse to cancel your benefits.

You have been seen participating in recreational activities

This can be as simple as riding a bicycle or throwing a football around at a local park. Often it will be a coworker that sees this happening and will report you because they may be angry that they are working for their paycheck, but you are having fun while collecting a paycheck. If your benefits are canceled because of this, you need to contact an attorney because there remains the issue of evidence that this happened, along with the proof that your activity was inconsistent with your injury. Some physical activity may still be possible with your injury.

You have been seen on vacation

Often this relates directly to postings on social media sites. You may have pictures of you and others on what is apparently a vacation or at least a weekend trip. Perhaps there are photos of you at a ski resort or at the beach. However, sometimes these photos can be old and were before your injury. But even if you got away for a weekend, this by itself is not enough to lose your benefits. A day at the beach or simply being at a ski resort is not enough to lose your benefits. Unfortunately, it will be easy for an insurance company to conclude that you are not hurt and discontinue your benefits.

If you are currently receiving workers' compensation benefits, they can be withdrawn for many reasons. You may have missed medical appointments, you were observed engaged in physical activities, or you were found to be on a vacation. If you lose your benefits for these reasons or any other, contact a local workers' comp attorney immediately.

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Personal Injuries: Basic Knowledge For You

I have worked as a legal office assistant for about 20 years. The office specializes in personal injury claims, and many clients are looking for settlements. I have great compassion for the individuals I see, and most people are looking for money to pay their bills. Unfortunately, insurance claims are difficult and clients often file the wrong paperwork. They don't see many doctors due to costs, and settlement offers are generally low. I know that lawyers can help to raise claims substantially. They know the law and they can offer advice to clients so good results are seen. I want you to learn some basic information about personal injuries, insurance settlements, and the general claims process. Your rights and needs are important, but it's difficult to secure a settlement if you know nothing about the law. Gain some knowledge today, so your personal injury decisions are the right ones.

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