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Common ways employers try to delay or avoid paying comp

Workers’ compensation is a safety net for employees who suffer injuries or illnesses on the job. However, some employers may attempt to delay or avoid paying these benefits.

Understanding these common tactics can empower workers to get the compensation they deserve.

Saying no to injury claims

When workers file for workers’ compensation, bosses might say the injury is not real or it did not happen at work. They want workers to prove them wrong, making it harder to get the money they need.

Delaying medical care

Some employers drag their feet when it comes to getting injured workers medical help. By waiting, they hope to make the injury seem less serious and pay less. However, waiting can make things worse for the worker.

Failing to document

Bosses might not write down what happened when someone gets hurt at work. Without proof, workers have a tough time showing they got hurt on the job, making it harder to get help.

Offering less money

Sometimes, employers offer injured workers less money than they need. They hope workers will take it to end things quickly and cheaply. However, this leaves workers struggling to pay for medical bills and lost wages.

Retaliating and scaring

Some bosses use threats or bullying to scare workers away from asking for workers’ compensation. They might threaten to fire them or make their work life tough. This makes workers afraid to speak up.

Struggling with workers’ compensation can feel overwhelming, especially when faced with these employer tactics. However, by staying informed, workers can protect their rights and overcome these challenges.