There are many rules that must be followed when filing a workers’ compensation. Injured workers have to file the right forms, meet specific deadlines, and attend doctor appointments in order to obtain benefits. It can be difficult to remember every single rule that applies to workers’ compensation claims, but fortunately you don’t have to memorize all of them. There is only one rule that you need to remember at all times during the application process: be honest.
Telling the Truth When Filing A Workers’ Compensation Claim
Be honest at all times when speaking with your employer, the insurance company, and healthcare providers about the accident and your injuries. Do not lie about how the accident happened or when it occurred. If it occurred outside of work, don’t pretend that it happened at work in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. It’s also not a good idea to exaggerate the symptoms that you are experiencing in order to make the injury seem more severe. The doctor will most likely be able to tell that you are stretching the truth after performing diagnostic tests.
Be upfront and honest with everyone you speak to regarding your workers’ compensation claim. Remember, the truth will come out eventually.
The Consequences of Being Dishonest
The importance of being honest when filing a workers’ compensation claim cannot be understated. Lying to an employer, insurance company, or healthcare provider will not only harm your reputation, it could also lead to serious criminal consequences. According to 85A OK Stat § 85A-6, anyone who makes false statements or knowingly leaves out or conceals important information in order to obtain benefits or increase the amount of benefits they receive can be charged with a felony.
An investigation led by the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigation Unit will immediately be launched if someone is accused of being dishonest in order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. The Workers’ Compensation Fraud Investigation Unit can question witnesses under oath and review relevant documents related to the case to determine if someone is guilty. Workers’ compensation fraud is punishable by imprisonment, fines, or both, so these charges are nothing to take lightly.
Have you been injured at work? If so, let our experienced attorneys guide you through the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits. Please call Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. today at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.