Filing for workers’ compensation benefits can be an overwhelming
experience, especially if this is your first time. However, preparation
is the key to most things in life, so it is crucial to understand what
you can do to ensure you receive the benefits that you need during this
time. The last thing you want is to be burdened with costs and losses
that should have otherwise been taken care of through your workers’
Many workers’ compensation cases are able to settle without having
to go to court. Of course, this is not the case for everyone, so what
can you do if your case must go to a hearing? Below are some helpful tips
that will assist you in preparing for your workers’ compensation:
Summarize how the accident occurred and how your injuries were sustained: Insurance companies frequently try to claim that a worker’s injuries
are not covered by workers’ compensation, often claiming that the
employee was off-duty when it occurred. Given that there will be a lot
of questions regarding how, when, and where the accident occurred, it
is vital for you to review any accident reports and medical reports that
describe the accident. Your description of the events must remain consistent
with those records. Otherwise, you will need to be prepared to clearly
explain any discrepancies or errors that exist.
Create a timeline of your medical treatment: No one expects you to remember every minute detail of your medical treatment,
but you should absolutely have a basic recollection of the physicians
you have seen, the diagnoses you have been given, and any major treatments
you received, as well as their outcomes. You should also note any work
restrictions you have been given and how long these restrictions will last.
Identify current symptoms and limitations: If the insurance company is disputing whether or not you are able to return
to work, you need to be ready to explain your current symptoms and any
physical limitations you might have. It is important to be truthful and
not to exaggerate. If walking causes you to feel pain, you should not
say that you cannot walk at all anymore, but rather that you can only
walk for short periods of time. Remember, the insurance company might
have video surveillance of you and they will not hesitate to you it if
you claim you are unable to do something that there is proof of you doing.
Talk to your co-workers or other witnesses: When you consult with your workers’ compensation attorney, he or
she will help you decide if you need witnesses to support your claim.
Make sure you tell your attorney about anyone who might have witnessed
your accident or of any family members and close friends who have personal
knowledge about your workplace-related disability. The more information
you are able to provide your attorney, the better he or she will be able
to represent you.
Workers’ compensation hearings often take less than an hour, though
its duration will largely depend on the complexity of your case. If you
are asked to testify, listen to every question carefully before answering.
You will be under oath, so answering accurately and honesty is a must.
If you cannot remember or do not know how to answer a question, simply
say so. It is better to state that you do not know an answer than it is
to speculate or give incorrect information.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Marietta & Cobb County
Workers’ compensation benefits are vital for those who have sustained
injuries while on the job. If you were injured at work, contact the Marietta
and Cobb County workers’ compensation attorneys at Chestnut &
Beller for the experienced representation you need during this time to
obtain the compensation you deserve. Your financial recovery is on the
line, so act quickly!
Our team is backed by nearly 60 years of shared experience, so you can
be confident in our ability to effectively protect your rights.
Contact our office today at
(770) 285-5542 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Marietta and Cobb County
worker’s compensation attorneys!