When it comes to workers’ compensation claims, there is lot that you will be expected to keep track of for your case. This is why it is important to maintain accurate records and detailed notes about the specifics of your case. This can help the overall process go more smoothly and will increase your chances of having your claim approved. In this blog, we tell you what important records and documents you will need to keep track of for your workers’ compensation claim.
Evidence You Will Need for Your Claim
The following are different types of evidence that you will want to document and keep for your records:
- Medical Records: This is perhaps the most important aspect of your case. Since you will need to prove the existence of your injury, you’ll need copies of your medical records to show how you were hurt and what treatments you had to undergo during your recovery.
- Accident Reports: You should obtain copies of the accident or incident report for your injury. This includes written reports from your employer or reports from law enforcement if you were involved in a work-related car accident.
- Employment Records: Your employment records can be used to prove that you had an employer-employee relationship when you were injured. Your pay stubs can be used to show that you were indeed on your employer’s payroll. Job offer or performance review documents can also be used to establish the relationship between you and your employer.
- Witness Testimony: Your medical providers and the documents they supply can be used to support your injury claim. In addition to this, you can also use witness reports and testimony to prove that your accident caused your injuries.
Other Things to Document
In addition to types of evidence listed above, you should also document and keep track of the following:
- Mileage & Out-of-Pocket Expenses: You can get reimbursed through workers’ compensation for your travel expenses to and from medical appointments. You might also be reimbursed through workers’ comp for other travel expense, like public transportation, parking, or tolls. Keep track of all your mileage related to medical expenses.
- Time Off Work: If you are temporarily unable to work, you might be eligible for temporary disability benefits. Keep track of the days you miss from work in case any record keeping errors should arise.
- Pain Journal: This can be used to help you explain and document the pain and physical limitations caused by your injuries. Your pain diary can be a useful way to show the severity of your injuries and how it has impacted your ability to work.
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