If you were recently injured at work, you’re probably wondering what kind of information your workmans comp attorney is going to need in order to represent you. Will they need your entire medical file to review? What should you bring to the initial consultation? We know it can be a little stressful, but we’re here to help. The good news is that legal consults are free if you’ve been injured at work. In fact, no workmans comp attorney is allowed to bill you for this service. But back to what you should bring. Let’s do a quick review so you feel more prepared.
What to Bring to a Consult if You Were Injured at Work
The more information you can provide about your workplace injury, the better. Your attorney will want to review everything at your initial meeting to gain a better understanding of your case, including its overall strengths and weaknesses. This information will also help them determine if you have a valid claim. The following is a list of materials your attorney needs:
- A detailed account of how you were injured at work;
- The name and contact information for the supervisor you reported your injury to, including the date and the written notice you provided;
- Your role at the company and when you were hired, records of employment, such as paycheck stubs, and an outline of your responsibilities;
- Photos of the injury (if relevant);
- Contact details for the medical provider who cared for you, along with the name and location of the facility where you sought treatment, medical records or bills that are related to the treatment of your work injury, and the dates you received medical care;
- Emails or written exchanges between you and your supervisor regarding your workplace injury;
- The contact details of anyone who was present at the time of your injury;
- Any letters from the insurance company;
- A printed copy of the accident report your supervisor created.
Bring Your Questions
Just as your workmans comp attorney is sure to have a long list of questions for you, you are likely to have some of your own. Before your first meeting, spend a little time thinking about your main concerns. Are you confused about any steps in the claims process? Also, be sure to find out if the attorney will personally handle your claim or hand it over to someone else in their office. If they don’t plan on personally representing you, who would you be in contact with? Most people have some questions about how billing is handled, as well as a potential attorney’s background and experience. It’s important to discuss these things now rather than when an issue arises, so feel free to ask questions.
It can be intimidating to walk into a lawyer’s office and ask for help, but remember that most attorneys go into this line of work because they hope to make a meaningful difference.
Were You Injured at Work?
To ensure you receive the workers compensation benefits that you’re entitled to, start by selecting a lawyer with the right experience for the job. Contact the Law Office of Jon Marlowe to schedule a consultation at (925) 302-9176. You can also review testimonials by clicking here.