Different elements at work can injure you, whether you work at a construction site or in an office. If this happens, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, to receive compensation, you will need evidence to prove you suffered a work-related injury.
This guide discusses the evidence you need.
You should take photos of your injuries, the accident scene, the element that caused the accident and any other relevant aspects. It’s crucial to take these pictures immediately after the accident – before things change. If you are severely injured, ask a colleague to help you while you get medical attention.
Your medical records, including tests, prescriptions, treatment plans and testimony from your doctor, are crucial evidence. They prove you were injured and to what extent. You can also get a testimony from a specialist on how the injury may impact the rest of your life.
If you don’t have an apparent injury, such as a cut or burn, perhaps you are suffering from back pain from sitting down for prolonged hours, or carpal tunnel syndrome from typing, you should journal your pain. You can rate them from 1 to 5. Your notes and medical records can be your evidence.
Notes can also be beneficial for those with obvious injuries. You can document your pain, and this can be used to prove pain and suffering.
Witness statements are helpful in workers’ compensation claims. When you report the injury to your employer, they will ask you about the people on the scene to get more information from them. Their statements can be submitted as evidence.
If you are injured at work, you should get legal help to make the right moves to receive just compensation.