After you have been injured on the job, you may be tempted to trust in your employer to provide for your family and pay your medical bills. However, many workers are crushed when they discover that their injury claims have been denied—often because they did not take three vital steps to protect their case.
Failing to Collect Evidence
The most important asset you have in your injury claim is evidence of your injury. You must collect all of the information you can abut the conditions surrounding your accident. The more data you have on your accident, the better your chances of being compensated for your injury—and the smallest detail can make a big difference in your case.
You will need records, reports, photos and other documentation recording the events of your injury, including:
- Environmental conditions (such as the weather and temperature)
- The conditions of the worksite
- The location of the accident
- Any equipment you were using at the time of injury
- People who were near you at the time of the accident
- Actions taken immediately after the injury
- Photos of the accident scene and injury immediately after the incident
- Worksite accident reports
- Medical records showing the extent of your injury and treatment
Waiting Too Long
Many workers make the mistake of trying to “go it alone” with an injury, receiving work benefits that cannot begin to pay for their injury costs. Unfortunately, there is a limited window of time in which to file a New Jersey work injury claim. If the statute of limitations runs out, you may lose your right to compensation forever.
Choosing the Wrong Attorney
The easiest way to lose your case is by choosing an attorney with no experience in your type of claim. Before you hire a Morristown construction accident lawyer, you must determine if he has argued cases of construction injuries in the past, and demand to see his case results. Your first meeting with an attorney should always be free, and it should not cost you anything unless he wins your case.
Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. has been fighting for injured workers’ rights for years, helping real people recover lost wages, pay their medical expenses, and get comfort for their pain and suffering. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 to begin your FREE, one-on-one consultation, or click the link above to download our FREE electronic book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.