3 Tips For Getting Medical Records Ready For Your Workers Compensation Claim

If you are in the process of preparing to file for a workers compensation disability claim, you are going to need to prepare your medical records for your claim. Here are three tips for preparing your medical records.

#1 Cover All of Your Health Issues

Often times, people wrongly assume when applying for workers compensation disability claim, that they should only highlight their biggest issue and not mention the smaller health issues that they face. However, it is vitally important for your claim to present a full picture of your health. For example, if you have injured your back, but you need knee surgery as well from a lingering injury and you are also dealing with diabetes, you need to include this information as well. All of this information will help create a more informed picture of your health situation. One of these conditions on its own may not be enough to qualify you for disability, but put all together, you may qualify.

#2 Get A Statement from Your Doctor

You are going to need to have your doctor make a statement in concerns to your health. Your doctor is going to need to be able to determine how and in what ways your body is impaired and how these impairments affect your ability to do the work you were trained to do in general and how they affect your ability to work at all.

For example, perhaps you work in a factor where you use your upper body all day, but you have carpel tunnel and a shoulder injury. Your doctor may rule that you are not to do that type of factor work, but that you could do something lighter. A statement from your doctor about your ability to work will strengthen your case.

#3 Get Your Actual Medical Files

Finally, make sure that you obtain all of your medical files. Unfortunately, medical files are not kept in one central locations. That means that you are going to have to call each doctor, clinic and hospital that treated you and ask for a copy of your medical records. You will need to sign a release form before your records are given to you. You may want to ask for two copies, so that you have one copy for your Social Security Disability Claim and one for your own records.

Following the three steps below will help strengthen the medical claim that you are making with your application. Click here to continue reading more.