The Importance of Documenting Occupational Injuries
The workers’ compensation system can be of tremendous value to an injured employee and his or her family. Unfortunately the desire of employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies to limit the number of claims that are paid may interfere with swift access to those legally guaranteed benefits. As they are evaluating your claim, these entities may seek any reason that they can to dismiss a claim. It is important that you do not create any additional grounds upon which they may do so.
If you are struggling with a claim, help is available. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney who can help you avoid workers’ compensation mistakes.
Things You Must Note
The claims investigator who is assigned to your case is likely to solicit accident reports from those who were present at the time of the accident that resulted in your injury. It is also probable that your behavior and actions in the subsequent time on the job will be evaluated. Things that you should keep careful account of to avoid creating an escape route for the workers’ compensation insurance company include:
- The time, date, and location of the accident
- An accurate description of the incident, including the presence of other persons
- What you perceive to have been the cause and effect of the accident
- The effect that the resulting injuries have on your capacity to perform your job
- Any and all medical assessments that you have obtained on your own
Inconsistent reporting of details pertaining to your accident and injury are perceived as a sign that you are being dishonest and could endanger your benefits, so it is absolutely in your best interest to carefully document all information pertaining to the event.
Let us help you to avoid falling prey to the greed of the insurance companies. Contact the Des Moines Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.