When dealing with a workers' compensation case, it is almost always a good idea to hire an attorney to help you with your case. The first step toward doing this typically is to meet with the attorney for a consultation. These are some of the things that you should bring along with you to this consultation.
1. Proof of Your Employment and Pay
First of all, you should provide your attorney with proof of your employment. You will also want to provide proof of your regular income. Bring along your employment contract, paycheck stubs, or other related documents. Additionally, bring in information about the type of job that you do and what your basic responsibilities are. This can not only help your attorney get a better idea of the type of job that you do, but it can also help him or her understand how much income you might be missing out on because of your injury.
2. Information About the Accident
Additionally, you should provide any information that you have about the accident. Provide a detailed account of what happened and any witness information that you might have about people who might have seen the accident or who might know more about what happened.
3. Proof and Information About Your Injuries
Lastly, you should make sure that you bring any proof and information that you have about the injuries that you sustained as a result of your workplace accident. You might have documentation from your doctor about how long you have to stay out of work and about the types of injuries that you have, for example. You may have pictures of any bruises or burns that you might have sustained or other evidence of the injury.
In addition to bringing proof and information about your injuries, you should also bring along any medical bills that you might have. After all, you will want to make sure that your employer's workers' compensation insurance will cover all of your medical bills and other medical expenses.
If you don't have all of the things listed above, then you can still meet with a workers' compensation attorney to learn more about your case and what that attorney can do for you. However, if possible, you will want to bring all three things listed above—as well as anything else that you might think will be relevant—so that your attorney can get the clearest possible picture of your case and so that he or she can begin helping you with your case as soon as possible.