Q How do I prove my injury happened at work?
When you’re hurt at work the last thing you want to do is argue with your employer about the particulars of your injury. As with all injuries, you want some time to just let it heal without worrying about work or bills. However, some employers aren’t as understanding as you may like when it comes to time off and workers’ compensation benefits. They’ll try to circumvent your claim by blaming you for the accident or portraying the injury as inconsequential. An even more common tactic is to suggest that your injury didn’t actually happen at work and therefore isn’t covered.
The only way to beat them at their own game is by providing proof about everything pertaining to the incident.
Documentation You Should Always Acquire After a Workplace Injury
Depending on the severity and cause of your injury, some workplaces such as the Hibernia or Whitney Banks should have security cameras that may be able to prove when, how and where your accident occurred. However, security footage may not always be accessible for a claim, so you should always make sure that you take proper documentation in case your employer requests proof.
- If possible, take statements from fellow employees who witnessed the accident.
- Immediately inform your employer after the incident occurred. Waiting can provoke questions about when and where it actually occurred.
- No matter what the injury, have it verified by a doctor and keep copies of the doctor’s notes with the date and the diagnosis.
- If physical therapy is needed, acquire statements or copies of paperwork declaring how long the therapy will last and how long you should be off work.
- If narcotics or sedatives are needed for pain, make sure you have a copy of the prescription and a written statement from your physician about how they may affect you and/or prevent you from working properly.
Your employer could demand the smallest details of the incident before they’ll concede to your claim. This is why it’s best to document everything—even if you may not feel it is important. Being injured on-the-job can be an extremely frustrating ordeal, but as long as you can prove the details of the incident, and that you weren’t at fault, you’re entitled to full benefits.
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