What to bring with you when you meet your workers’ comp attorney
If you’ve hired a workers’ compensation attorney, you’re probably wondering what to do next. At this point, you’ve had your initial consultation, and now it’s time for that first real meeting. What do you bring, and what can you do to make sure you’re the most prepared for this meeting so that your case moves on smoothly?
Here’s a checklist of documents to bring with you when you have that first meeting, along with a few things to expect when you get there. Before you even make it to the meeting, however, you’ll have to gather your thoughts and make sure you’ve got a clear timeline to present to your attorney. They’ll want to know everything about your injury and claim, from start to finish, so we recommend you put together a timeline of events documenting each of the following parts of your injury:
Timeline of events
- When you were injured
- What happened that caused the injury
- Who you notified about the injury
- How long it took you to notify the responsible party
- Where you sought medical treatment
- When you first sought medical treatment
- A short outline of your treatment for the injury to date
In addition to putting together a clear timeline from when you first were injured on the job to now, you’ll want to bring along some documents that can help your attorney better understand and represent your case. While you don’t have to have each and every one of these documents for your meeting to go successfully, the more documentation you have, the better. Here are a few of the most relevant documents to bring with you to your workers’ compensation case meeting:
- Reports of your injury
- Any other documentation of the incident
- Medical records along with contact information for all doctors and medical care providers you’ve seen since the injury
- List of witnesses to the accident, with contact information
- All documented correspondence between you and your employer, or your employer’s insurance company
- Contact information for your employer and their insurance company
- Copies of your paystubs and W2s
- Copies of any bills incurred as a result of your on the job injury
- Copies of pay stubs and W2s from a second job, if you have one and have been unable to work as a result of your injury at the first job
Once you’ve made your timeline and gathered the appropriate documents, you’re ready to head to your appointment with your workers’ compensation attorney. Here’s what to expect from the very first meeting
What will happen when you get there
First and foremost, your attorney will ask you what happened regarding your injury. Even though you probably have all kinds of documentation about the accident, it’s important that your attorney hears about every step of the injury from you. This is where your timeline might come in handy, and keep you on track as you relay the series of events to your attorney.
After you’ve finished telling your attorney about the incident, he or she will probably ask you a number of questions about the case. It’s important that you answer every question to the best of your ability. The more your attorney knows, they better able they are to represent your case.
Questions your attorney will likely ask
Most attorneys will want to know:
- If you’ve worked since your injury. This includes any volunteering and working at other jobs.
- If you’ve received any money from workers’ compensation
- If you’ve been injured previously, on the job or otherwise
- If you’ve ever filed for workers’ compensation before, and if those previous claims were successful
At this point, you’ll want to tell your attorney anything else you think might be relevant to your case, whether that’s additional information about your injury, your employer, or anything else. Again, any useful information you can provide your attorney with will help bolster your case against your employer’s insurance company and boost your chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
After your attorney is done asking questions, it’s your turn to ask the questions. You probably have a lot to ask your attorney, and a good workers’ compensation lawyer will patiently and thoroughly answer everyone. This is your case, after all, and you’re entitled to any information you seek.
At the very end of your appointment, which will take around an hour depending on the case, your attorney will let you know the next steps. He or she will fill you in on what you need to do next when your next workers’ compensation case meeting will be, and what they will be doing on your behalf in the meantime. If anything they say at this point seems unclear, be sure to ask questions before you leave.
This first meeting is the best chance you have to let your workers’ compensation attorney know about anything that’s relevant to the case, and fill them in with any information you have that could help you get the compensation you deserve.
We hope this helps clear up some of the confusion that can accompany that first appointment, and has you as prepared as possible! If you have any more questions regarding the workers’ compensation case process, feel free to give the Epstein Law Firm a call. We’ve been representing workers’ compensation clients for years now and would be happy to set up a free initial consultation to answer any of those questions for you. Just give our office a call at 773-522-7000 or contact us online at your convenience.