The three mistakes Idaho workers make looking for work after their work accident!
A work search journal can greatly impact the outcome of your Idaho worker’s compensation claim. There are many mistakes that are made when creating a work search journal. Three of the most common are highlighted here.
1. The first and biggest mistake that you can do is not lookingI have clients all the time explain to me that they won't be able to find jobs within their restrictions. That is perfectly fine and will actually help your case. If you can show that you have applied to many jobs and haven't been able to find one, this will help support your disability claim. Let's think about the outcomes of searching for a job. First outcome you don't find one. You will have documented proof that because of your injury you no long can find work. Second case scenario: you get an interview. Even if this job is outside your restrictions go! If they offer you a job but then they have to retract the offer because you physically/mentally can't perform the work, this will illustrate the negative affects your industrial accident had on your ability to find a job. Third scenario: you get hired. You find a job that fits within your restrictions and you receive a paycheck. Often this job will be at a lower pay; this benefits your claim at disability, plus you will start receiving a paycheck again.
2. The second mistake that I often see is not making using the resources given to youThere are loads of unemployment services out there for your benefit. First thing you should do when looking for a job is register at the Idaho Department of Labor. There are scores of resources such as assistance with job searches, career information and training. Often these services are for free. Utilize the resources that are provided for you. The Idaho Industrial Commission rehab consultants will also help you find work free of charge.
3. The third mistake that is made way to often is not recording and documentingWhy would you do all that work and not be able to prove it? A work search journal is vital in a worker's compensation case. You can't just say you have applied to all these jobs. You need show that you have. Make copies of applications sent. Save emails, record dates, times and employer information for the jobs you apply to. Documentation and having it on paper makes a world of difference when going to hearing or in the settlement process.