A List of What You’ll Need for a Workers’ Comp CasePreparing for a workers’ comp case is a lot of work, even with the help of a professional workers’ compensation lawyer. The Alberhasky Law Firm blog is a great source of information for those preparing for a workers’ comp case. In this entry, we’re going to list some of the things you should prepare before you begin your case, to make the process of applying for workers’ comp more simple.
Evidence of Injury, Illness or DisabilityWhen you suffer an injury at work, one of the first things you should do is see your doctor. You should also report the injury or accident to your employer. It is a good idea to keep a personal log of doing these things, which we will address later. When you visit a doctor, be honest and open about the symptoms of your injury, illness, or disability you believe is a result of a workplace issue. Your doctor can assess the problem and give you the medical evidence you need for your claim. Make sure you are able to access this information whenever you need it.
Proof That Your Issue Was Caused at WorkAs soon as you are able to, you need to gather evidence of the accident or incident that has caused your issue: where and when it happened, what you believe the reason to be, and the nature of your injury or problem should all be written and signed. This is part of the evidence you will be providing for your case. A workers’ comp lawyer will be able to help you properly compile and present this information.
An Established Relationship with Your EmployerThis is a factor in workers’ comp cases that many people do not think of — you will need to present evidence of your employment. An independent contractor will be unable to make a claim, so you should gather evidence of your employment at the place you were injured, including things like a contract or evidence of regular payment or a salary.
Evidence That You Reported an Injury and Sought Medical HelpIn the first point, we mentioned keeping a log of when you reported your injury to your employer and when you saw a doctor. This is where that log comes in. You should do this so that you know definitively when you reported the incident. You need to report it as soon as possible, in writing, not more than 30 days after the accident. Keep a written reminder of when you did can help your case.
Talk to a Professional About Workers’ CompIf you’re looking for compensation for an injury sustained in the workplace, contact The Alberhasky Law Firm today. We work with ordinary people who have been injured at work through no fault of their own to win the compensation they deserve.
About the Author
When it comes to workers’ compensation cases, Randy Alberhasky has over 25 years of experience. During his legal career he has personally tried over 200 workers’ compensation hearings and jury trials in courts throughout the State of Missouri. Many people who have suffered from a workplace injury and illness are unaware of the legal action they can take to receive the financial compensation that they’re entitled to. The Alberhasky Law Firm, P.C. is proud to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve.