Workers’ compensation claims are not always as straightforward as people may think. There are three major things that need to be proven in order to win such a case: jurisdiction, employment and injury. In addition, you will have to prove causation and notice. Documenting everything that you can will assist you and your attorney as you move through the process of a workers’ compensation claim. Here is what you can do to help yourself:
If you are able to, take photos of the area surrounding your accident. If you tripped and fell, take a photo of what you fell over. If you were hurt by a machine, take photos of the machine. Any pictures you can provide your attorney will be helpful. This will help to ensure that people see the workplace exactly how it was when you were injured and not what it looked like after repairs were made.
2. Medical Records
Your medical records will not only demonstrate that you were injured, but will document what type of treatment you will have to undergo as a result of those injuries. Your doctor may also have included the expected length of your treatment.
3. Accident Reports
You want to get your hands on copies of any accident or incident reports that were taken after you were injured. This includes any reports that you made to your employer or the police.
4. Employment Records
If you cannot get your own employment records, your attorney will be able to. These records will establish the fact that you had an employer-employee relationship with your boss. Pay stubs and even employment reviews can show the relationship.
5. Witness Information
Gather the contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Your attorney may want to speak with these people in order to help prove your case.
You don’t have to worry that you will be tasked with gathering all of the information that can help prove your case, but anything you can provide your attorney with right away will be helpful.
If you are in need of an attorney to handle your workers’ comp case in South Carolina, please give us a call. Our attorneys will review the details of your case at no cost to you and advise you of your options. Call now or browse our website for more information about how we can assist you.