Your first consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney is a critical step in the process to ensure your rights are protected. In order to receive the maximum benefit from your first meeting with an attorney, there is important information you should bring and be prepared to discuss.
First, be prepared to discuss the nature of your injuries and a detailed description of how the incident occurred. Not all injuries that occur at work are compensable. For information relating to what types of injuries are covered by workers’ compensation, see our blog post here.
Additionally, if there were any witnesses to the event, you should bring contact information of those present immediately before, at the time of, and after the incident. If any accident or injury reports were generated by your employer, make sure you obtain a copy for your attorney to review.
Next, be prepared to discuss your course of treatment and physicians you have seen. You should bring any documentation such as medical records or discharge papers so that your attorney has notice of your all your injuries and list of treating physicians. If you have been taken off work as a result of your injuries, it is necessary to bring off-work notes from your doctor. Also, keep track of any wage information such as time sheets or pay stubs prior to the incident to ensure you are receiving the proper amount of benefits.
If your employer has already provided you with their workers’ compensation insurance information, your attorney will need the insurance company’s name, adjuster assigned to your case and claim number. If you proceed with pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, the insurance information is vital to informing them of your representation. Providing your lawyer with this information at the outset of the case is vital to obtaining maximum benefit from your first legal consultation.
If you or a family member has any questions regarding a potential workers’ compensation claim, please contact our offices for a free legal consultation. The attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are committed to representing people who have been seriously injured and incur significant medical expenses as a result of work related injuries. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle workers’ compensation claims and all types of other personal injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.