How to Prepare for Workers Comp Mediation
Far more often than is acceptable, the most deserving of claimants will have their request for workers compensation benefits denied. In some cases, claims are denied for valid reasons, while in others, there is seemingly no reason for your denial.
In either of these situations, you will have the opportunity to attend mediation to see if you can resolve any discrepancies there might be in your claim and work with both your employer and their insurer to still get your claim approved. Below, we discuss how you can prepare yourself for your upcoming workers comp mediation session.
Gathering the Evidence You Need
To make sure that you are adequately prepared for your mediation session, you’ll want to work with your attorney to gather any and all evidence that will demonstrate your need for workers comp benefits.
This might include, but is not limited to, photographic evidence, medical documentation, witness statements, and expert testimony, as well as any safety inspection reports or police reports, where applicable.
By making sure you’ve gathered every piece of evidence available that will support your case, your chances of resolving your issues in mediation will be exponentially increased.
Discussing the Impact of Your Condition
During mediation, the extent of your injuries is sure to be discussed. It’s very likely that the insurance company or your employer will claim that your condition is not severe enough to prevent you from doing your job.
For this reason, you should be prepared to thoroughly describe, in detail, the ways your injury or illness has impacted your life. Putting an emphasis on how it will impact your ability to do your job will help, but it is critical that you don’t overexaggerate the extent of your injuries.
Work with a North Carolina Workers Comp Lawyer
If you have further questions about an upcoming workers comp mediation hearing, or if you need assistance in obtaining the workers comp benefits you’re entitled to, speak with a qualified North Carolina workers comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A.
We are proud to provide our prospective clients a free claim review. Take advantage of this opportunity today by calling us directly at 252-752-7785 or filling out the brief contact form we’ve included at the bottom of this page.