Why Would You Have To Pay Back Workers’ Comp?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle September 13 2023 7:55 pm
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Why Would You Have To Pay Back Workers’ Comp?

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle September 13 2023 7:55 pm
Why Would You Have To Pay Back Workers’ Comp?

Injuries on the job are an unfortunate reality for many workers. If you become injured or ill due to your work, workers’ compensation can provide much-needed relief in the form of medical care and wage replacement benefits. However, in some cases, you may suddenly find yourself facing an unexpected repayment demand from the insurance company. 

Few things are more stressful than realizing you have to pay back thousands of dollars in benefits you thought were rightfully yours. But why does this happen, and what recourse do you have if it happens to you? 

Repayment demands usually come as a shock, but contacting a lawyer from Pyle Law can help you understand the reasons behind them. We can help you avoid this situation or challenge the demand if you receive one.

 

Reasons You Could Be Asked for Repayment

Different reasons may subject you to unexpected compensation repayment. These include:

  • You were working while receiving benefits
  • Failure to disclose medical history 
  • Malingering 
  • Administrative errors

 

Tips to Avoid Repayment

It is possible to avoid situations that may require repaying workers’ compensation benefits. Here are some tips following a workplace injury:

  • Be transparent with your doctor and claims adjuster about your medical history and condition. Don’t try to exaggerate or hide pre-existing conditions, as this can be grounds for denial of your claim.
  • Follow your doctor’s and claims adjuster’s instructions carefully. If they request specific medical exams or paperwork, comply in a timely manner. 
  • Keep accurate records of all correspondence, medical visits, procedures, etc., related to your claim. This provides a paper trail in case any discrepancies arise.
  • If you start working again or take on side jobs, immediately notify your claims adjustor if you are not represented by an attorney. Most states require you to report any earnings while collecting compensation.
  • Thoroughly read and understand your state’s workers’ comp laws regarding benefits, eligibility, return to work requirements, etc. Ignorance is not an excuse if you end up violating a provision.
  • If you receive a repayment request that seems unjustified, consult with an attorney who handles workers’ comp issues in your state. They can review your case and appeal if appropriate.
  • Be honest throughout the entire process. Misrepresenting facts or faking the severity of your injury can be considered fraud and grounds for termination of benefits.

Following these tips and communicating proactively with your claims adjuster can significantly reduce the chances you’ll have to repay any workers’ compensation benefits. Consult with an attorney if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Let a Kansas Workers’ Comp Attorney Handle Your Case 

There are several reasons why you may have to repay workers’ compensation benefits that you’ve already received. To avoid the repayment obligation, be sure you fully understand the workers’ compensation rules in your state and only collect benefits when you are truly unable to work due to a legitimate work injury. 

Disclose any pre-existing conditions upfront, and do not exaggerate your symptoms or limitations. If you do receive a repayment notice, consult with an attorney right away to understand your rights and navigate the appeal process if desired. With proper care taken upfront and legal guidance, if issues arise, you can avoid the headache of having to repay workers’ compensation benefits down the road. 

At Pyle Law, we are prepared to help you navigate your workers’ comp claim effectively. Use our online contact form or call our office directly to schedule a free consultation.

 

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.