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Tips for documenting an injury at work

If you have suffered an injury on the job, you likely already reported it. That's the right thing to do for a couple of reasons. But, if you've never been injured on the job, you cannot let your guard down one bit. Anyone can suffer a work-related injury, even those who are remarkably safe. Here are some important tips for you to follow when it comes to documenting any injury suffered at work in Stanislaus, California.

An excellent way to document a work injury is in writing. You might not be able to do this immediately depending on the severity of your injury, but it should be done as soon as possible following the accident. Clearly explain everything that happened, how you were injured, the injury you suffered and if the proper warning signs were placed throughout the area.

If at all possible you should try to photograph evidence and the entire accident area. These photos could very well come in handy during the process of filing for workers' compensation or even if you decide to file a lawsuit against your employer. It can be very difficult to argue against photographic evidence.

Try to speak with any co-workers who witnessed the accident that caused the injury. Ask them to give statements, in writing, about the incident. Witness testimony about the accident will make your case very strong.

Properly documenting a work-related injury is vital to the success of your workers' compensation claim in California. You cannot risk having the claim denied because of a lack of evidence or other missing items.

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