A US National Safety Council report states that approximately 12,900 workers are injured daily on the job.
You may be asked to attend a workers’ compensation hearing as part of the proceedings to obtain compensation for your work-related injury. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the possible questions asked at these hearings.
After all, you need a positive outcome to the hearing to compensate for your medical expenses, and lost wages.
When you want to challenge your employer’s position on your workers’ compensation claim, you need an experienced team of attorneys to prepare adequately for the hearing. At David R. Price Jr., P.A., Attorneys at Law, representing workers’ compensation claimants in Greenville, South Carolina, is a duty we take seriously.
Let’s cover important questions you may be asked at a workers’ compensation hearing.
What Questions Are Asked at a Workers’ Comp Hearing?
1. General Questions
You should prepare to answer general questions about your personal and family life. Possible questions will revolve around your full official name, home address, date of birth, marital status, and the number of children or dependents you have.
2. Educational Background
Educational background questions are asked at workers’ comp hearings to evaluate your experience, training, and professionalism.
You should prepare for questions about where you went to high school, college, or trade school. You may also be asked about your military background and other training courses and certifications.
3. Employment Record, Job Duties and Compensation
You should expect questions about your employment history. The questions will revolve around your past jobs, the hours you worked, and the amount of compensation you receive at your current job.
You should also expect questions about the following:
- The date of hire at your current job,
- Your promotion date to your current position, if any, and a
- A detailed job description.
These questions are vital for determining your average weekly wage. You should answer them carefully and honestly.
4. Medical Questions
Medical questions are common in all workers’ compensation hearings. You should prepare to talk about your medical history publicly. Possible medical questions will be about your old injuries, medical experts you’ve seen, and current limitations you’re facing.
5. Work-Related Impairment
Work-related questions are inevitable at a workers’ compensation hearing. The questions often revolve around your ability to work normally after the incident.
Possible questions will include the extent of your injuries, your ability to continue performing your duties, and any form of disability from the injury.
Contact the Attorneys at David R. Price, Jr., P.A. Today
You’re entitled to financial compensation if you’ve suffered a personal injury while at work, but the process can be tedious and frustrating without the right representation.
You need to prepare adequately to answer any questions about the workers’ compensation process, including those you might face at a hearing, because you may lose the case if you don’t prepare well.
The attorneys at David R. Price, Jr., P.A. can help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us for a free consultation today.
Workers’ Comp FAQs
What is the first step in the process of challenging workers’ compensation decisions?
The first step in appealing a workers’ compensation decision is filing a claim petition with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. After filing the claim, the worker’s compensation commissioner will conduct a hearing about your case.
Why is my employer disputing my claim?
Employers will try to dispute workers’ compensation claims to avoid increases to their insurance or because they assume your injury didn’t happen on the job.
David Price is a Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections, and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has been practicing law for 12 years. David Price believes in helping those who have been injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.