Collecting evidence after accidents at work, such as slips, trips and falls, for example, involves, collating information from eye-witnesses. Here are a few tips on how to work with eye-witnesses after sustaining an office fall or other injury at work.
It is not recommended that victims of work-related accidents take statements from eye-witnesses. Our legal team at Accident Advice Helpline will speak to each of your eye-witnesses individually, using the contact information you provide. During this conversation, we discuss what the witness saw or knows about the work accident and any incidents leading to it.
It is important to remember that they may not only be witnesses of the workplace accident, but possibly of unsafe working procedures, lack of safety equipment, or inadequate provision of training, for example, that may have led to the incident. If this is the case, they are encouraged to include these observations in their statement.
Witnesses will be required to write down their observations, recollections and impressions concerning your office accident in their own words, in as much detail as possible. This statement will need to be signed and dated.
An alternative is to make audio or video recordings of witness statements. It is obviously necessary for witnesses to clearly state their name and contact details as part of these recordings.
Naturally, it is necessary to secure witness statements as soon after being injured at work as possible, as witnesses may otherwise forget what they saw.
Our lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience in collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses and securing work injury compensation for people in situations similar to yours.
Speak with us as soon as possible for the best chance of securing the most accurate amount of compensation for your work-related injury or illness.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice