Injured On The Job Documentation Checklist
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Most people who are injured on the job and report the injury have likely suffered a more severe injury. However, you should document ALL of your injuries when filing your workers compensation claim. When you consult with your lawyer, having a list of each time you suffered a work injury is the best way to ensure you receive coverage. That way there is an understanding of the workplace conditions.
Even if you were not seriously injured on the job (i.e. broken arm), small bumps and bruises may still hurt you later on. It may take days before the pain becomes difficult to manage. Your injury could worsen and you may need to see a doctor. These are all details that matter in the grand scheme of an injury compensation claim and can impact the decision in a work injury claim. This is especially true if a compensation claim is denied. Having all your details in order will ensure a greater likelihood that you get the proper compensation for the work injury.
Work Injury Notes for Your Lawyer
Most of the time work injury cases do not immediately go to trial. This means there is an opportunity to wait and properly line up all the details. It also means that you are further past the time you got injured on the job. So you may not remember the pain you were in. Which means you should document it as you go. Instead of trying to remember the past. Documenting your daily aches and pains is a great way to collect evidence from when you were injured on the job. And it shows a preparedness that can ultimately win you your case. Your documentation will show the court how your injuries have negatively affected your everyday life. This proper documentation strengthens your work injury case..
A Checklist Of What To Make Note Of If You Have Been Injured On The Job
Documentation is important if you were injured on the job. Read more on what you need to document pertaining to your work injury.
- Describe in detail how you got injured. If you hurt your head, for example, write about how you exactly hurt your head. This will give important insight into the safety conditions present at your work.
- Describe how you have been feeling since the injury. These notes should be as specific as possible. This way a picture is painted as to how this injury has affected your day-to-day living.
- Document if you have gone to therapy or took medication for a specific work injury. This gives context to how the injury has put a strain on your life, as you have devoted time to recuperate to an injury that you suffered at work.
- Keep track of any visits to your doctor so you have medical proof for yourself and your workers compensation attorney to use at your trial. Doctor's notes are great, because they are an authority on injuries.
Every little piece of detail allows for your case to have some much-needed nuance and in turn improves your odds of receiving the workers compensation benefits you deserve. It may surprise you at how many cases get help from the details in the notes. So not having great notes may end up costing you the benefits you deserve. We urge our clients to prepare themselves and take the proper notes!
Benefits of Documenting Your Work Injury
Having records of each time you were injured on the job will increase the value of your case as time goes on. These records can paint a picture for the case you have and help ensure you receive what you are owed. Also, keeping tabs on your wage and payment history can help show how your accident negatively impacted your financial and emotional well-being. Any and all details matter in the grand scheme of it all, as they give specificity to your exact case. With our representation, we will help you use these documents to win your prospective case.
Injured on the job?
Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn have years of experience providing workers' compensation consults with injured workers across Long Island and throughout New York state. If you have been injured on the job and have any questions about your work injury and are seeking workers' compensation benefits, please contact us today. We have four Long Island locations:
- Patchogue (Main Office): (631) 447-6500
- Riverhead: (631) 208-9760
- Melville: (631) 421-4725
Any one of them will provide you with a lawyer who will help you get started with your compensation claim. We can help you file a lawsuit. Call today for a free consultation to discuss the parameters of your case. We want to help you if you have been injured on the job. From filing a claim to following up on a denied claim, we are the work injury lawyers on Long Island that you can trust.