Situations creep up in the workplace for various reasons. Some you may know about while others you know nothing about, but you have to deal with them. For example, you may feel like you’re being mistreated or denied compensation.
These are some of the situations that may make the workplace a bit uncomfortable. What to do when you’re faced with this scenario can determine a lot pertaining to your career. If you have no idea of what to do in either of the two circumstances, here are a few ideas.
1. Figure Out Why
The first thing you want to do if you feel mistreated or denied compensation is finding out why. When it is mistreatment, you need to figure it out wider. First, ask yourself if others are being treated better than you or if it’s just an assumption.
Why are you being treated differently? Do you have a denial notice that clearly states why you aren’t getting compensation? Are your colleagues getting compensation while you aren’t?
Also, you need to determine if the denial notice carries viable reasons for the action. Viable reasons include technical hitches such as incomplete paperwork and so on. Another reason is ineligibility brought by worker classification.
2. Begin Your Appeal
When you don’t show up for work, you’ll be denied compensation. But if you get injured in the workplace, you’re denied compensation; the situation is different. Here, you need to file a petition to get your compensation to care for your needs.
You may not know how to go about filing one as it requires filing at the courthouse. For example, Wilson Law Group, LLC can help you file the petition correctly. Laws are pretty technical, and you may make a mistake if you don’t have some legal background.
What happens in this scenario is that you may file late, which may lead to your case being thrown out. In some scenarios, you may file after the statutory period has elapsed, leaving you ineligible for compensation.
Take note that there may be some filing fees involved, and you may have to wait a while for the trial date. After you have filed your appeal, a letter will be sent to the employer, and you also get one. The counselor will advise further on what’s expected.
3. Gather Medical Evidence
When you’re injured and feel like you are being mistreated, and your compensation is denied, you need medical evidence after filing the case. This is only viable in the case that you were injured in the workplace.
While you’re waiting for the trial date to settle the matter, you need to have as much medical evidence as possible. Evidence needs to be documented, or else it won’t be admitted to court. What the court will regard as evidence include medical reports, photographs, timestamps, and such.
The evidence will seek to prove that you’re unduly denied compensation despite injury in the workplace. With a lawyer on your side, you can also get expert witnesses to help you with the case. Expert medical witnesses can testify fully to the damage caused by the injury.
4. Consult the Employer
There are cases where compensation has been denied not due to negligence or malice but by human error. Before you make any of the big moves above, you need to ensure you have spoken to the employer. Find out if you’re denied or if it was a typing error that may have occurred.
Even when you have been injured, you need to consult the employer before making any bold move. Only after you have determined that you’re unduly denied your compensation should you bring out the big guns.
5. Consult the Insurance Carrier
Your employer likely has an insurance carrier that should cover any injury that occurred in the workplace. You may want to reach out to them for compensation after the injury. You may also need to seek the services of a lawyer as they know what to expect in settlements.
If not for that, then because the insurance carrier will have lawyers negotiate at their behest. It would help if you had someone who would look out for your interests.
There are times when you feel mistreated in the workplace and denied compensation as a result. It may even happen if you aren’t at fault. You’ll need to find out first what may have been causing this. If indeed you’re being denied compensation and mistreated, here are some of the steps you can follow.