Not everyone who files for workers compensation benefits gets their claim approved right away. Unfortunately, you may be one of the many injured Iowa workers who has received a work comp claim denial, and you may need to prepare for a workers comp hearing to fight for your case.
Preparing for your hearing is important. After all, this could decide whether you get the compensation you and your family need to live while you’re unable to work. Beyond the basics of any important meeting, such as dressing appropriately, what do you need for your work comp hearing?
You need to be prepared to defend your right to workman’s comp benefits. There are a few key things to have as you prepare for your hearing. Make the proceedings as smooth as possible with these steps.
Gather the Right Documentation
The documents you bring will help show the full picture of your injury and why you need compensation. These documents will illustrate the injury you suffered and why you’re unable to work. These may include any or all the following:
- Medical bills
- Proof of lost wages
- Medical opinions from your doctor
- Reports from other witnesses
- Your denial letter with the reason for your denial
Together, these documents are meant to show what suffering you’ve already been through because of your injuries. A workers comp lawyer in Iowa can help you prepare these documents in a professional manner.
Prepare Your Statements
Be sure to spend some time on your own testimony, as well. You’ll likely be questioned about your injury and situation, and it’s important to be prepared for this. Your attorney can also help with this part—we’ll know exactly what you’ll need to say or avoid saying to protect your settlement. We can help prepare you for the questions they’ll ask in the hearing.
Generally, they’ll ask you questions about your position and about the impact your injuries have had on your life. If there were any issues with you meeting the deadline to file, you can expect questions about that, as well, in addition to details about when, where, and how you were injured.
They’ll also ask about the choices you’ve made since then. They may ask you about any attempts you’ve made to work after your injury, or they may ask about your limitations because of your disability. Generally, you can expect them to ask enough to get the full picture of your situation, so it’s critically important to be prepared.
Contact an Attorney
Hiring a lawyer can be one of the most useful steps to take when preparing for a workers comp hearing. The proceedings may be difficult, and you’ll need help to keep yourself from being overwhelmed. After all, there are several documents and questions to prepare, and you’re already suffering from your injuries. Getting help can make this process a whole lot easier.
If you need to know how to prepare for a workers comp hearing, contacting a lawyer from Pothitakis Law Firm, PC can help. We’ll review your case and go over what we can do to help you succeed. To speak to our lawyers and schedule a free consultation, call us at 1-866-PLF-IOWA (753-4692) or fill out the form below.