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’ compensation benefits.
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!