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How to collect witness statements after a work injury

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Anyone can be injured at work. Factors that can contribute to accidents can exist in any workplace. Thus, employers need to observe top-notch standards to protect their employees. If you are injured at work, you should file a worker’s compensation claim.

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) will monitor the administration of your claim to assist you in disputes that may arise in the process. Nonetheless, for a more manageable process, it helps to have solid evidence, including witness statements.

Here is how you can collect witness statements after a work injury.

Get their contact information

When you get into an accident at work, if possible, get the contact information of everyone at the scene. If you need immediate medical attention, inform a close colleague of the people at the accident location to collect their details. 

In most cases, you may already have their details since you work with them. However, if you don’t or if you were injured in a department you don’t frequent, you should get this information.

When you report the injury to your employer, you will provide them with this information, so they can take witness statements from them.

What if no one witnessed the accident?

If no one was around when you were injured, reporting immediately and getting medical attention can provide you with enough evidence to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Besides, you can use the video footage of the area in question. The lack of a witness does not make your case less valid. Thus, you should not avoid reporting or believing you won’t be eligible for benefits.

If you are injured while in the line of duty, it will help to get legal guidance to receive the compensation you deserve.