Ways that You Can Help Your Attorney Prepare the Best Case for Benefits
If you’ve been hurt on the job, one of the best things you can do is hire an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to handle your claim. Your injury may seem like an open and shut case, but your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance company will have attorneys working to delay, diminish or deny your claim. You want a lawyer who fully understands the process and will pay close attention to detail. But there are a number things you can do to make your lawyer’s job easier.
- Be aware—From the moment you suffer your injury, you need to take a new mindset, one that recognizes that you have been injured. It’s not uncommon for the workers’ compensation insurance company to hire a private investigator to clandestinely follow you, looking to see if you are engaging in activities that indicate that you are not really hurt. Don’t try to do anything that might compromise your claim—don’t mow the lawn, take out the trash or haul a kegger into the back yard for a party. You may end up on camera.
- Gather all relevant information—Pull together all medical bills and doctor’s reports. If there were witnesses to your accident, get their names and contact information for your attorney. The sooner you take steps to protect the evidence that supports your claim, the less risk that key information will be lost.
- Be prepared to tell your story—You should think about what you will say if questioned at a workers’ compensation hearing. It’s not uncommon for an initial claim to be denied, so you can reasonably expect that your attorney will schedule a hearing before the Workers’ Compensation Board. Your attorney will likely work with you to prepare, helping you understand what you should and should not say. The most important thing—be honest. Don’t try to elaborate to increase your chances of winning. A good attorney will quickly make you look less than credible.
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