After a workplace injury, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault. However, if you filed a claim but need to cancel it for some reason, you have the right to do so.
The process for canceling a workers’ compensation claim will depend on where you are in the stages of filing, but typically involves the following steps:
There are several reasons why you may feel the need to cancel your workers’ compensation claim. For example:
If you wish to cancel a workers’ compensation claim because your injury turned out to be minor, it is always a good idea to still report it. In many cases, a relatively minor-seeming injury proves to be much more serious than initially believed, as symptoms can take time to manifest. If your doctor tells you that you are medically approved to return to work, keep your employer informed.
Staying in touch shows your employer that you are not “faking it” or trying to take advantage of the situation.
Before canceling your workers’ compensation claim, it can be highly beneficial to first consult an Orange County workers’ compensation attorney. They can assess your situation and advise you on your rights. If you do not have evidence of the injury or illness being work-related, an attorney may be able to help you gather the proof you need. On the other hand, if you wish to cancel your claim because the process is overwhelming, they can handle every aspect for you. That includes filling out and filing the necessary paperwork, negotiating maximum financial benefits, or canceling it if that is the best option. Ultimately, they will make the entire claims process much easier, allowing you more time to heal or helping you get back to work quicker.