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How and Why You Need to Document Your Workplace Injuries

Documentation and understanding what type of information should be included are some of the key elements of your claim when it comes to work-related injuries. It is also important to know how to document your injury as proper documentation will validate your claim and prove why you deserve proper compensation. Therefore, it's essential to document everything in great detail.

Why It’s Important to Document Every Aspect of Your Injury and the Event That Caused It

Without proper documentation, there will be no way to validate your claim. Not including even a small piece of evidence can adversely affect the outcome of your claim. It is essential that you start documenting everything you see, hear, and feel immediately after the accident. Talk to fellow employees to find out if anyone witnessed anything and write down as many notes as you can.

How to Document Your Work-related Injury so That Your Claim Is Supported

The best way to document your claim is to go to a doctor either through your employer or on a private basis. But generally, be sure to document your work-related injury in an organized and chronological fashion so that you easily know when and where you spoke to a witness or took a picture. By writing notes down as soon as they happen, you will be less likely to forget something and can ensure that you do not forget small details that may be accidentally overlooked later.

Different Types of Documentation You Should Include with Your Claim

There are different types of documentation that can help support your claim. Generally, your notes and observations are important as a detailed sequence of events will show what actually happened during your accident. You can also go a step further and ask for video footage if cameras were running at the time of your accident. If there were witnesses, ask them a few questions and, if possible, record their answers. Try to take pictures of the scene and any pertinent things that may be crucial to your statement.

If you have received a work-related injury, your documentation will play a huge factor in winning your claim. Knowing how to document your accident is important. Knowing why it is important will ensure that you take the time to do it right. Working with Workers’ Compensation attorneys like Gaylord & Nantais will ensure that you have the best possible representation during your case. We will guide you through the documentation process and help you keep things well organized.


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Thomas M. Nantais

Thomas M. Nantais

Thomas M. Nantais is the Co- owner of Gaylord & Nantais, a legal firm specializing in workers’ compensation, in the state of California. This firm deals in getting hearing loss compensation and work related injuries compensation for those who have worked in the state of California. With his sincere efforts, Thomas is committed to meet the highest standards of the legal industry, and aims to provide the clients with an honest and aggressive representation.

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