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Reasons why gaining workers' compensation may be challenging

If you have recently been injured in the workplace, you will likely be considering making a workers' compensation claim. To do this, you will need to notify your employer and file a claim within the legally specified time frames.

The vast majority of injuries that occur in the workplace can be compensated through workers' compensation insurance. However, many workers encounter difficulties in being able to successfully gain the compensation that they deserve. The following are some situations in which gaining workers' compensation may become more challenging than usual.

When you are fired before you make a claim

If you are fired from your job and then proceed to file a workers' compensation claim, this is likely to be seen as you attempting to retaliate against your employer. To have a chance of being successful, you should have a good explanation as to why you did not take action to file sooner.

When your injury was not witnessed by anyone else

To successfully gain compensation, you must be able to show that your injury took place at work. If there is no evidence in the form of witnesses at the scene of the incident, your employer may be able to argue that there is no proof that injury occurred during working hours.

When your medical records are not consistent with your accident report

Your report of the accident will be cross-examined against the medical records compiled by your doctor. If they are inconsistent, you will struggle to get workers' compensation.

By taking early action to file for workers' compensation, you will have a better chance of overcoming any challenges that you face.

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