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First Steps After An Injury

If you have suffered a work-related injury, a few basic steps can help make sure your rights are preserved. In any injury case, it will be important to note what exactly happened during the incident and what type of injuries you sustained — What and Where.  The clearer your notes, the easier it will be to work with them and use them in your case.

What Happened: What happened before, during and after the incident that led to your injury? Who was there and what was said? What was the weather like, what time and place did it occur? Any details you feel are important to note should be jotted down. Memories are most vivid immediately following an incident, so any notes you provide can be very helpful. Even if you haven’t written notes, one of our first steps will be to write down as many details as you remember.

Details About Injuries: What type or types of injuries did you suffer?  What treatment did you receive?  Did you miss time at work?  Did you use vacation or sick time?

If you feel like a detail may be important later on, it is better to jot it down than to have to attempt to recall it later on.

Take notes as you begin making claims. Write down who you speak with, date and time and what was said or discussed. Any conversations with medical personnel, insurance claims specialists or any witnesses should be noted. Attempt to get their names and contact information for future reference.

If you can,take a picture of your work environment or work equipment that you believe caused the injury.  Just snapping a cell phone picture is enough. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Here is helpful guidelines from the state of Wisconsin:

Critical Information To Document

  • The date of injury or first indication of an occupational disease. The date is very important because benefit levels as well as which insurance company that will be liable  are all based on the date of injury.
  • The accident’s cause, such as being struck by an object, overexerting, strain, sprain, etc. The nature of the injury or disease, such as cut, sprain, hernia, etc.
  • The part of the body affected, such as low back or upper back or low neck.
  • The kind of action that was taking place, such as lifting, twisting, carrying, etc.
  • The source of injury, such as machinery, object, hot or flammable substance, etc.
  • The weight and size of the object causing the injury.
  • Physical symptoms, such as sharp pain, stiffness, radiation, numbness / tingling, loss of motion, etc.
  • How long the symptoms lasted; if and when they recurred.
  • Names of any witnesses who saw the accident or who the injured employee spoke to immediately following the injury.
  • The doctors seen and the date of each visit.
  • All money spent on doctors, examinations, treatment, medicines and transportation. Receipts and bills are important documentation.
  • All days or parts of days lost from work because of the disability.
  • A written record of any statement made to the employer or the insurance company representative.
  • Copies of any agreement or final receipt signed for a worker’s compensation claim.

Contact the Worker’s Compensation Law Offices of Milwaukee, S.C., your Wisconsin worker’s compensation attorney. At our office, we will take any notes or evidence you have as well as doing our own research. We will request and write to the medical professionals who treated you, obtain your records and any associated reports including employment personnel files or reports to help us get started. We can help direct you to medical experts in who specialize in your type of injury and that are looking out for your interest not the insurance company’s interest.

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