When you’ve been injured on the job, you expect to be compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages and any ongoing medical care. However, in too many cases, we see employers and insurance companies try to discredit Pennsylvania workers’ compensation claims, leaving you, the injured, to deal with mounting bills. Thankfully, ensuring proper documentation of your work injury can help substantiate your claim and increase the potential of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.
Take a moment to think through the circumstances with which your accident occurred. Document every step of how the accident occurred and what happened afterwards. Some common questions to ask are:
- What were the conditions of your work environment before, during and after your accident?
- What were you doing when the accident occurred?
- How did the accident occur?
- Were there witnesses?
- Did you go to the hospital?
- Were the proper accident documents filed?
Some injuries appear immediately while others take time to develop. Survey your body and the injuries from the moment the accident occurred to the days and weeks after. Some injuries may result in post-traumatic stress, depression and other mental ailments. Work with your doctor to ensure that all medical issues are properly documented and diagnosed.
Between medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation and lost wages, it is important to document all financial losses related to your accident. Your workers’ compensation benefits are intended to help assist with medical bills, rehabilitation and lost wages associated with your injury.
You should document and/or record all conversations with your employer, their attorneys or the insurance company. Sadly, not all employers are ethical when it comes to workplace injuries and they may try to cover up or limit the severity of your injury. Be sure to write down everything that is stated and do not offer any additional information before discussing with your attorney.
When in doubt, seek out the advice of an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney. If you have been injured on the job in Pennsylvania, the experienced legal staff at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo is here to help. Call us today at 610-366-1414 or 888-807-WORK (9675) for a free consultation.