If you were injured while performing your work duties and your claim is being resolved during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering what your options are.
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed our day-to-day lives, and a big part of that has to do with our employment and administrative matters that became more difficult to solve during the new circumstances. For many Americans, the pandemic meant a delay in crucial matters, such as their workers’ compensation claims.
If you were injured while performing your work duties and your claim is being resolved during the pandemic, you are probably wondering what your options are now.
Official institutions have taken measures to work during the pandemic while still protecting the public. Many operations can now be done remotely so that both the public and the government employees are protected and able to collaborate in a safe environment.
Are You Pressured to Settle Earlier Because of the Pandemic?
For some victims of workplace accidents, an early settlement with the insurance company of their employer might seem like a solution to the unpredictable state society is in right now. However, any experienced workers comp attorney would tell you to stay your ground and not accept less than what you are legally entitled to.
Accepting the first offer that the insurance company proposes is generally not wise, as it also means that you give up your rights to extend your claim in case of further complications. Many injuries suffered by employees during their work duties can lead to future complications, and there is no way of knowing if that’s going to happen to you in the future.
Usually, the safest time to accept a settlement is when you have reached MMI (maximum medical improvement), which is something only your doctor can predict accurately.
Even if it seems like a long time to spend without money in your pocket to pay your piling medical bills, think of what would happen if you settled and your injuries still lingered after signing a release form.
How Are Workers Comp Proceedings Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic?
If you are worried about the process itself of filing a workers’ compensation claim during the pandemic, you should know that Missouri officials have taken measures to allow proceedings to be done remotely when necessary.
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Especially in the context of the pandemic, it’s ideal to have a lawyer representing you during the proceedings. Give us a call 24/7 to learn more about your legal right to compensation after a work injury.
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