The workers’ compensation process can be confusing, which is why many people want to hand their case over to an attorney and be done with it. Letting a workers’ compensation attorney help with your case is a great decision, but it doesn’t mean that you should ignore what’s going on with your case as it develops. In fact, there are proactive things you can do to help your attorney formulate and fight your case. Today, we share five things you can do to assist your Minnesota work injury lawyer with your work comp case.
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
The physician recommendations that you receive from your doctor are imperative to your settlement and getting back on track to full health. If you ignore your doctor’s orders or fail to show up for treatments or visits, it will be harder to prove that you are seriously injured or to what extent you’re truly injured. Also heed their recommendations on activity restrictions, as you can forfeit some compensation if you act against your doctor’s orders.
Copies, Copies, Copies
Make a copy of any form pertaining to your workers’ compensation case and get it to your attorney, even if you aren’t sure if the information contained in the material is vital to your case. The more information available to your lawyer, the better the case they can build. Even if it’s just basic information like dates of appointments or therapy sessions, make copies or take notes and get them to your attorney.
Track Your Mileage
This is an often overlooked aspect of the rehabilitation process. Workers’ compensation is designed to reimburse you for expenses pertaining to your injury. That means you can be compensated for your mileage to and from the doctor’s office, to the chiropractor or to the rehabilitation center. Track your mileage and pass it along to your attorney so they can factor it into your compensation request.
Track Medical Expenses
Workers’ compensation generally does a good job covering standard medical bills, and oftentimes this will be handled by your attorney, but there are usually some out of pocket expenses pertaining to your care that may not be billed to your company’s workers’ compensation insurer. For example, maybe you purchased a pair of crutches after breaking your ankle at work, or you have to pay to park each time you visit the clinic. Similar to the point about mileage, carefully record all expenses related to your medical care and pass them along to your lawyer.
If anything changes in your workers’ compensation case, inform your lawyer right away. If you received a letter saying your benefits are being discontinued, if your doctor wants to increase your activity levels or if a meeting date has changed, pass all this information along to your attorney. Even minute changes can impact how and when you file for compensation, so keep your lawyer in the loop of any changes on your end.