No one goes to work in the morning thinking they will sustain a serious injury in a workplace accident, but these situations do happen. One thing your workers compensation attorney Salem Oregon may ask you to do is to document everything related to the workplace accident, the medical care you receive, and your recovery process. Here are some helpful tips for effectively compiling this documentation.
Formally Notify Your Employer
Following the workplace accident, you may let your employer know about what happened and that you need to see a doctor. Although this is a good place to start, you also need to notify your employer about what happened in writing as soon as you are able. Save a copy of this letter for yourself and keep it with your records. This way, your employer is less likely to dispute the fact that you let him or her know about the accident.
Compile Medical Records
In the days, weeks, and months following your workplace injury, you may see a doctor multiple times. Every time you go for an appointment, ask your treating physician to provide you with a formal report. You should keep these reports with your records as well as copies of any bills for medical treatment and prescriptions you received.
Keep a daily journal covering your recovery progress. Detail your current symptoms, what you were able to accomplish, and what measures you take to move forward. You should also write down if and when you are able to get back to work, how much work you missed, and how much pay you missed out on due to the accident and the recovery process. Additionally, take note of any time you speak with the opposing insurance company. Write down what was discussed, any settlement options, and the plan to proceed following every phone call.