Filing a workers compensation claim and defending your case can feel overwhelming and complicated. There are a few things you need to be aware of to help you through the process. The following are six things to be aware of regarding your workers compensation case. 

You can still be eligible for compensation even if you had a preexisting injury related to your current injury.

A lot of individuals who have had a preexisting injury aggravated by a workplace accident worry that they will not get compensation for what could be considered a preexisting injury. However, this is not the case.

Workers compensation claimants can still receive workers compensation even if they had a preexisting injury on the same area of the body. 

You have the ability to change doctors whenever you want.

Some workers compensation claimants make the incorrect assumption that they can't switch doctors in the middle of their workers compensation case. However, this is not true. 

Those pursuing workers compensation can change their doctor whenever they want. They also have the right to choose their doctor from the beginning and don't have to go to a doctor that their employer or insurance company tells them to go to. 

You can be compensated for additional expenses related to your injury other than just medical bills.

Workers compensation is not just limited to medical bills for treatment for the workplace injury. Any expenses that result from a workplace injury are covered by workers compensation.

Workers compensation can include coverage for the costs of transportation to medical appointments and the costs of any counseling or depression treatment that are necessary as a result of the injury. 

You can still pursue your workers compensation claim even if your employment has been terminated.

Your employer cannot get rid of your workers compensation claim by simply firing you or laying you off. You can continue to pursue your claim even after your employment has been terminated. 

It's usually possible to consult with an attorney initially for free.

Workers compensation attorneys may give free consultations. This means that you can find out where you stand in your case and what your chances of being granted compensation are without having to pay any money. 

You need to get your case started before the time period dictated by the statute of limitations has run out.

The statute of limitations is a given period of time after your workplace accident occurs that you have to file a claim. If you wait beyond this period, you can no longer pursue workers compensation for your injury.