Anyone who has suffered an accident at work which was somebody else’s fault is entitled to seek compensation, with claims growing according to how serious the injuries incurred are. If you’re going to make a claim, however, it’s important to ensure that you try and obtain as much evidence of a work injury as you can, as this can make a big difference to how strong your claim will eventually be, and how likely it is to succeed. If you’re uncertain about which forms of evidence will substantiate your claim, then the following tips should help.
One of the most important pieces of evidence you can get is photographic as this provides visual proof that a particular hazard actually did exist. This can be whatever caused you to have an injury, whether it was shoddy building tools, dangerous floors, or even hazards such as tables with sharp corners and chairs that were left in an area where they were capable of causing a hazard. As it is very easy for these sorts of things to be repaired or changed by the time your claim actually begins, it’s important to have verifiable proof on your side, otherwise you could end up complaining about an uneven paving slab that, to all intents and purposes, isn’t there!
Secondly, it’s important to try and obtain testimony from witnesses who were present at the time that your accident occurred, as genuine first-hand witness testimony is an incredibly authoritative form of evidence and one that will really strengthen your claim. Ask witnesses if they would be prepared to back up your account if the need arises. If there were multiple witnesses to the accident, then ask as many as possible to do so, as the more witnesses that are available to give an accurate account of the incident, the stronger the case will eventually be.
Another important piece of evidence that you should try and obtain is your workplace’s accident book. Almost all modern workplaces, especially those such as building sites, are obliged to keep details of every single accident that occurs in their jurisdiction, and because of this, it should be able to offer a comprehensive account of the accident, as verified by the employers themselves. This makes it an extremely strong piece of evidence to have on your side. It may not be possible, of course, to obtain the book itself but if this isn’t possible, try and get a few copies of the relevant page, complete with the signature of whoever made the entry in the book.
Finally, ensure you keep records of the problems that the accident has caused in your day to day life. For some people, this will be signed sick notes from a doctor, certifying that the injuries you’ve incurred are legitimate and for others it will be receipts from purchases made that were necessary to help you deal with the injury, such as consultations with a chiropractor or visits to a physiotherapist. It is a good idea to be able to portray an accurate picture as to why you deserve compensation, and having evidence of the effect that it has had on your life is a great way to do this.