Documentation following a work injury

| Jun 7, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

In some cases, injured workers in Louisiana might need to provide documentation to support their claims. While a personal injury can be difficult to prove, there are steps a person can take to secure the necessary evidence.

Companies should have accident books that are filled out when even minor incidents occur. These logs should also include details about how the injuries were treated.

A severe injury might be discussed at a health and safety meeting. The minutes of this meeting should be recorded, which may contain information about any issues related to the incident. A risk assessment is another valuable resource. This employer-created document outlines the risks associated with a given task. When an employee is injured, he or she needs to submit a risk assessment that was completed prior to the incident and not one that was done afterward.

If a job requires special training, records should exist that detail what kind and who is required to take it. These records may also show that workers that got hurt did not receive the proper training. In these cases, the employers may be found liable for the injuries.

However he or she got hurt, an injured employee should consider speaking with an attorney about workers’ rights in these circumstances. An injured employee is probably eligible for workers’ compensation even if he or she was at fault for the accident, and a lawyer may help him or her file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation can support workers and their families when injuries lead to costly medical bills or a temporary or permanent inability to return to work. An attorney might be able to advise someone of his or her options if the workers’ compensation claim is denied. This might include going after a third party, such as a manufacturer, employer, or another employee to recover damages.