A strong initial claim is crucial in a workplace injury case. As a plaintiff, you will want to come out of the gate very strong. The longer a case goes on, the more steam it will lose, and if you don’t have all of your evidence up front, you might not be able to successfully claim all of the damages you have suffered.
Here’s what you need to build your case:
- Evidence: Without this, you don’t have a case. Evidence can be build up from pictures of the entire scene of the incident, as well as of the injuries sustained immediately.
- Witnesses: If any witnesses were present at the time of injury, it is important to gather their contact information at the scene, so you are able to give this to your lawyer and ask for their testimony when it comes time for your court.
- A Journal: It’s important to keep track of all relevant information and papers that pertain to your case. Keep a journal of when the accident occurred, who the witnesses are, and any doctor or hospital visits that take place relating to the injury. This may be admissible in your case, and even if it is not, it can be extremely useful in keeping track of the events and possibly even helping others (such as doctors or witnesses) recall specific details.
Aside from these three points that you can achieve on your own, it is important to contact a lawyer, who may be able to gather further evidence for you. If you’ve experienced a workplace injury, let the experienced lawyers at Erwin, McCane & Daly help you make your claim.