In any legal matter, thorough record-keeping is a key element. If you were injured at work, you should keep that in mind as you move forward with the process of filing your workers’ compensation claim. Properly managing your records can increase your chances of the case going smoothly, which can help ensure you achieve a favorable result. Of course, not everyone is always certain which records are crucial and necessary, especially those who have never been involved in this type of matter before.
We have compiled a list of some records you should safely store for your workers’ compensation case:
- Mileage and other out of pocket expenses: Being injured means you are probably going to spend a fair amount of time going to and from a variety of medical appointments. Workers’ compensation can reimburse you for these travel expenses, which can also include parking, public transportation, or bridge tolls. However, to successfully obtain these benefits, you are expected to keep track of your mileage to any appointments related to your medical treatment, such as physical therapy appointments or independent medical examinations. Make sure to include the date, your starting address, the destination address, total mileage, and other expenses you incurred.
- Time off work: When workers’ cannot work due to injuries sustained on the job, they might be able to receive temporary disability benefits, which are generally about two-thirds of a worker’s average weekly wage. If you are able to take on light duty work, but earning less than you made prior to your injury, partial temporary disability benefits are also available. Even though your time away from work will be recorded in your employee records and in your medical records, it would still be wise to keep track of these dates in your own personal notes as well. In the event of any errors, you can always refer back to your own records and make sure you received a benefit check for every week you had to take off from work.
- Your claim: Some of the most vital records you keep will be those that directly relate to your workers’ compensation claim. It can serve as important evidence later on if your employer or their insurance company disputes your claim. Some of the documents you should keep copies of include accident reports, claim forms, reports from your doctor, contact for information for any witnesses, all correspondence between you and your employer or their insurance company, your acceptance or denial letter from the insurance company, and all forms you filed with the state workers’ compensation agency. Make sure that you also keep notes of any phone conversations you have with your employer’s insurance company regarding your claim, including the date, the name of the person you spoke with, what he or she told you, and how or if you followed up with the conversation.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Marietta & Cobb County
If you sustained an injury in a workplace accident, regardless of who is at fault, you could be entitled to important workers’ compensation benefits. At Chestnut & Beller, our team of Marietta and Cobb County workers’ compensation attorneys is dedicated to guiding you every step of the process to ensure you receive the benefits that you deserve.
For the custom-tailored and attentive representation you deserve, call us today at (770) 285-5542 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.