Six Important Tips For Properly Documenting Your Workers Compensation Case

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Properly documenting your injury and your workers compensation procedure is one of the most important steps in winning your case.

If you're wondering what documents will help your case, consider the following list of things to include to form a complete collection of documents in support of your case:

Photograph the site of a workplace accident or any hazardous conditions that led to the injury

It's a good idea to have photographic proof of the specific situation at your workplace that led to the injury if possible. Consider every location you worked at on a regular basis that led to physical stresses on your body that caused the injury. 

Photograph physical signs on your body of the injury

Another important photographic document you should have is pictures of your injury if it has left any visible symptoms or marks on your body. Discuss this with your doctor and ask for suggestions on what type of photographic proof you can use to prove your injury visibly.

Write down an account of how the injury happened

Making a written account of your injury can show how conscientious you are about dealing with your injury and your workers compensation case. Put a lot of thought into including every single detail, including when it happened, what symptoms you experienced, what your doctor's response was, and when and how you notified your employer.

Document any statements from witnesses who saw the incident or the workplace conditions

If you work with people who can serve as witnesses to the injury, it's a good idea to take a statement from them and keep a record of this statement. Of course, you'll also want to have the contact information of a witness in case you need to call them up for testimony at some point. 

Copy any forms you filed with your employer notifying them of the injury

When you have an injury, you need to file workers compensation forms with your employer. Your employer should supply you with the appropriate forms when you notify them of your injury.

After you've filled them out, it's a good idea to photocopy any included forms and keep them with your documents. 

Compile all your medical records

This is one of the most important pieces of documentation you need to have. You should not only get together copies of any medical records pertinent to your injury, but you should also include documents proving that you have been vigilant about following the treatment procedures recommended by your physician.

Contact a workers compensation attorney for more help.


27 June 2017