It is important to keep all your paperwork together, make copies, and keep track of everything related to your claim. Many people have a notebook for all their notes and a folder for all the paperwork. Take notes immediately about each phone call, meeting, or appointment.

__ a statement with everything you can remember about how you were injured, who saw it happen, what caused it, and describing the seriousness of your injuries

__ the accident report and written statements about the accident

__ pictures of your injury, where you were hurt, anything that caused it (puddle on the floor, broken equipment, stairs with no handrail, etc.)

__ records of medical treatment (doctors’ reports, prescriptions, Emergency Room forms, and bills)

__ a copy of your letter to your boss asking for your own doctor to treat you (if you have the right in your state)

__ notes about every time you talk to your boss or the insurance company: time and date of call, if it was in person or on the phone, who you spoke to (ask how to spell their name and phone number), what you and they said

__ medical slips and doctors' notes (make copies before you turn them in)

__ the names, addresses, and dates for every doctor, hospital, chiropractor, or physical therapist that treats you

__ all letters from your boss, the insurance company, or the workers’ comp office including the envelopes they came in. Write on each letter the date when you received it

__ a calendar to keep track of: days you are out of work, days you return to work and what kind of work you were assigned, dates you receive medical treatment

__ how many miles you drove to and from medical treatment, receipts for parking and tolls, notes of the cost of public transportation

__ receipts for anything that you have to buy because of your injury

__ copies of your workers’ comp checks and pay stubs if you return to work