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Documentation Is a Key Part of Proving a Workers’ Comp Case

John Lesaganich Sept. 28, 2018

A slip-and-fall at work can lead to months of pain and recovery for an Illinois resident. During their period of recuperation they may discover that they cannot get by without extra income on which to support their family. If they cannot work, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits until such time as they are back to working at their full capacity.

In order to get workers’ compensation benefits a person must request them. The process of requesting and securing workers’ compensation can be lengthy and as insurers rarely want to simply pay out claims to hurt workers, building a strong case for benefits can be an important part of emerging from the process with the benefits a worker needs.

Building a strong workers’ compensation case may be next to impossible without documentation of the worker’s accident, injury, medical needs, and other forms of proof. For example, an employer may counter a worker’s claim for benefits if they do not have any records of the worker reporting it: notifying one’s employer and having documentation of that event can help build a workers’ compensation case.

Additionally, any and all doctors’ notes and reports that a worker collects over the course of their treatment for a work-related injury should be kept and used to document the trauma they suffered from their employment accident. Without documentation of one’s medical treatments, an employer may be able to argue that the worker’s harm arose from a cause outside of their job.

Documentation is needed to prove a workers’ compensation case and to support a hurt worker through the entire process. Attorneys who work in the workers’ compensation field can help their clients organize the documentation to create strong claims for the benefits they deserve.