Meeting With a Workers Comp Attorney? Be Sure to Bring These Things
A job-related injury can be a painful and emotionally stressful experience. While the majority of work injuries don’t result in death — there were around 4,405 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2013 — they can still be quite serious. For many people, they mean missed wages, significant financial strain, and a lot of anxiety regarding their workers comp case. Fortunately, working with a workers compensation lawyer can alleviate many of these worries and will typically result in a more favorable outcome for your claim.
But because workers comp cases can be extremely complex and require a lot of attention to detail, you need to do everything you can to help your attorney fight on your behalf. There’s been an increased focus on workers compensation fraud in the media, so it’s important that you and your lawyer are able to gather ample evidence. This will help ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
When you first meet with a workers compensation attorney, you may understandably be a bit nervous about what they’ll say in regards to your case. Even if you have a solid claim, the stakes are often high for many families. So that you don’t forget on the day of your consultation, here’s what you should remember to bring. Be sure to prepare well in advance for your first meeting, and for all subsequent appointments after your initial consultation. And of course, do your research and hire a highly experienced workers compensation attorney who specializes in such claims.
When you meet with a workers compensation attorney, you should bring:
- A brief timeline of your history at your job, including your hiring date and dates of work you have missed as a result of your injury
- Contact information for your employer and their insurer
- Exact information pertaining to the date of your injury and how it happened
- Who you notified about the injury and when
- A summary of your medical treatment as a result of your injury (where you received it and when you first sought treatment)
- Any relevant reports pertaining to the incident or your injury
- Your complete medical records, including prior and other existing conditions
- A complete list of your medical providers and their contact info
- A list of witnesses (if applicable) to the event
- Any documents from your employer and/or their insurance company that pertain to your workers comp claim or your notification of injury
- Any relevant photos or video pertaining to your injury or treatment
While this is not a complete list of all the evidence you will need (and your attorney will be able to collect further evidence as your case progresses), it’s an excellent start. By coming to your meeting prepared, your lawyer will be in a better position to assess your case and the compensation to which you are entitled. If you’ve been hurt at work and need a knowledgeable workers compensation attorney, the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook may be able to help you. To find out more, contact us today.