I want to share a few recommendations for how injured workers can help their North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney do the best job for them. Most folks do a good job with these, but my twenty years of experience says a reminder can never hurt.
- Make sure you bring everything that relates to your case to your initial appointment. This includes any medical records or bills you have that relate to your injury, any NC Industrial Commission forms, and any communications from your employer or their workers’ comp insurance company. Your lawyer may also need information about any health or disability coverage you have. If you have a person you rely on to make decisions, like a spouse, friend or family member, bring them also.
- Let your lawyer know if you move, change your phone number, or get a new email address. Sometimes your lawyer will need to get in touch with you quickly to discuss your case. Keep the lines of communication open.
- Tell your North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorney about your doctor’s visits. I ask my clients to call before each important medical appointment. Your lawyer can help make sure you give your doctor all of the information he or she will need to properly evaluate your condition. A short conversation before and appointment may save a lot of aggravation later.
- Always leave your doctor’s office with written physical restrictions that reflect your limitations. Give these restrictions to your lawyer and keep a copy. As time goes by this information can be critical. Do not just rely on the doctor to put something in his notes later.
- Tell your lawyer about any communications from your employer and before you return to any work. We all want you to get back to work. But let your lawyer know what you are up to.
- If you have questions about your North Carolina Workers’ Compensation case, ask them. Do not let things build up. Remember that your lawyer works for you. Call or make an appointment to discuss anything that is on your mind about your case.
If you were injured at work in North Carolina, or while working for a North Carolina company in another state, and you have questions about your NC workers’ comp case, give me a call or send me an email. I am glad to discuss your case with you for no charge.