If you are ever injured on the job in Los Angeles the moments following the accident that led to your injury are vital to your workers’ compensation claim. Aside from reporting the injury to your employer immediately and seeking medical care, you also need to collect evidence that can help your claim as you seek workers’ compensation benefits. Missing time at work will affect you financially, which is why a claim is the best way to move forward. Our Los Angeles workers compensation attorney would like to discuss how you can collect evidence after being injured on the job in today’s post.
Take Pictures of Your Injury
A great way to document your work-related injury is to take pictures of the injury. Many doctors will do this for you, including x-rays and MRIs, but you should also take pictures to keep in your files. Taking pictures of the injury will help your employer see how severe the injury is and that it is affecting your ability to work. The pictures might also make it easier if the claim is denied and you have to file a lawsuit.
Take Pictures of the Area Where Injury Occurred
You should also take pictures of the area where the injury took place. This includes the conditions of the area where you were injured. If there was debris on the floor, a puddle, or other hazards present you need to document every single issue using pictures. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so why not take the time to snap a few, especially since they could wind up helping you in the end.
If there was physical debris other than a liquid that caused your injury, it’s a good idea to collect some of that debris. Collecting evidence is done by doing more than just taking pictures and writing down what you remember from the incident. If you can take evidence from the accident scene and give it to your attorney this will help the workers’ compensation claim process move forward much easier than if you didn’t collect any evidence from the accident.
Witness statements are very important when someone is injured on the job. If the accident that caused your injury occurred in front of your co-workers it’s important to speak to them. You will want to ask them to provide statements to the human resources department or whoever is assigned to investigate the accident within the company. Their statements can go quite a long way towards helping you receive workers’ compensation benefits or winning a lawsuit, if that’s the route you need to take if the claim is denied. It’s important to have any witnesses to the accident speak with supervisors at the company and even your lawyer so that all accounts of the accident are recorded.
Seek Representation Today
It is important for you to seek representation from a Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney immediately following an accident that causes an injury on the job. Contact the team of Koszdin, Fields, Sherry at 818-812-5639 today to schedule an appointment about your case.