If you were hurt on the job, you’re probably aware that you deserve workers’ compensation to cover your medical costs. However, what evidence do you need to successfully file a claim?
Your best bet to win the correct amount of compensation is to work with a qualified attorney. He or she can guide you through collecting evidence and presenting it in the most effective way. However, for your information, these are the types of things that an attorney will gather when he or she works on your claim.
1. Employment Records
To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you first need to prove that you’re an employee of the business that you’re making the claim to. For example, sometimes an employer or an employer’s insurance company will claim that you’re an independent contractor, not an employee, so they aren’t liable for your injury.
If you need to prove that you’re an employee, you’ll need documents like pay stubs, which show your wages and show that your employer was taking taxes out of your pay. You can also use a letter with your original job offer and performance reviews to show that you’re an employee.
2. Medical Records and Receipts
In order to claim workers’ compensation, you need to show that you’ve been injured. Medical records are the most effective way to show the nature and extent of your injuries.
Hopefully, you’ve been in touch with your doctor ever since you were injured, which means that you’ll have a clear paper trail showing the entire history of your injury from the accident. You and your attorney can request your doctor’s records, including notes from speaking with you, prescriptions and images like x-rays. These records show just how badly you were hurt.
You’ll also need to show how much money your injury has cost you, so you and your attorney will need the receipts from your medical bills. That way, you won’t have to settle for a compensation payment that’s too low to cover your costs.
3. Accident Reports
To show exactly what caused your injury, you and your attorney can see if there are any documents describing the accident that hurt you. For example, if your accident took place in the workplace, your employer may have documented it for their records, and you can ask to see the document. If your accident took place while you were on the road, the police officer who responded to the auto accident will have written a report about it.
If you can access these documents, you can show the nature of the incident and how it directly led to your injuries, which will strengthen your claim.
4. Witness Statements
If anyone was present when your accident happened, their testimony may be helpful to confirm exactly how the accident led to your injury. If your injury happened in your workplace, ask your coworkers to see if any of them saw what happened.
Medical professionals can also provide witness statements. If you’d like your doctor to give more than just the notes from your records, you can ask him or her to give more detailed information about the extent of your injury, how your injury affects your ability to work and your prognosis. In some cases, your lawyer may decide to bring in an expert who didn’t treat you but who has in-depth knowledge of injuries like yours.
As you build your workers’ compensation case, make sure to document everything that happens as soon as you can so that you have detailed records. However, don’t try to win fair compensation on your own. Call Alan David Tucker, Esq., P.C. to help you out. Our team will guide you through this difficult and complex process.