The successful outcome of your workers' compensation claim isn't just the responsibility of your attorney. You too must play an active role. If you are in the midst of a compensation case, make sure you know what your responsibilities are.
Keep An Accurate Account
Keep an accurate account of your injuries and your progress. Workers' compensation cases can easily last upwards of an entire year. Your ability to remember exactly what happened may fade over this period. When you don't remember all the details of what happened, it's fairly easy to make inconsistent statements, which although innocent, will only hinder your credibility.
Create an accurate account of what happened while it's fresh in your mind in the form of a written statement. As you get treatment or if new injuries surface, add this information to the entry. This information will prove to be vital to your attorney as it will be necessary to reference this information as the case progresses.
Only Offer Limited Authorization
The legal team or insurance company representing your employer will request access to your medical records and bills, in the form of a medical authorization. The request for this information will sometimes occur before you have contacted an attorney, so make sure you're only signing a limited authorization.
A limited authorization only grants them access to bills and records directly related to your injury. Signing a non-limited release grants them access to all the records and bills in your file. With this level of access, the legal team will comb through your history to look for any type of past incident that they can somehow link to your current injuries, which will basically kill your case.
Listen To Your Physician
One of the most important things you can do to help ensure a more successful outcome with your claim is to listen to your physician. Whatever your provider tells you to do or to abstain from, you need to adhere to it. Something as seemingly minor as missing an appointment can work against you.
From the side of your employer's representation, your failure to make all your appointments could either mean that your injuries aren't quite as significant as you claim or that you aren't truly trying to work towards improving your condition. Either of these scenarios could lead to a loss of your benefits and termination of your case.
Make sure you understand that you play an important role in the outcome of your case. Speak with your attorney to get a clear understanding what your responsibilities are.
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