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How should you document a workplace injury?

A workplace injury can result in injuries that make it difficult for you to return to work or take care of things at home. Following the accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help with the recovery process.

However, you must document the accident properly to support your eligibility for these benefits. There are certain steps you can take to effectively obtain documentation and protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits.

Collect witness information

If there were any witnesses to the accident, gather their contact information. Witnesses can provide statements and testimonies to support your case.

Document injuries and damages

Take photos or videos of your injuries and any damage to property or equipment. Make sure to describe the injuries in detail, such as the type of injury, its location and any immediate symptoms you experienced.

Acquire medical records

The National Safety Council reports that in 2021, 4.26 million workplace injuries received some form of medical attention. Keep a record of all medical appointments, treatments and prescriptions related to the workplace injury. These records can help establish a clear timeline of your recovery and the expenses incurred.

Obtain incident reports

Ask your employer for a copy of the incident report he or she filed. This document should contain your employer’s personal account of the accident.

Keep a journal

Maintaining a journal can be helpful in documenting the progress of your recovery. Record your daily experiences, pain level and any challenges you face as a result of the injury. This personal record can provide additional context to your situation.

When it comes to documenting your workplace injury, having as much information as possible is important. Keep all your records in a safe, secure place that you can access easily when needed.