If you are injured because of your job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. But to successfully make a claim, you must prove that your employment directly or indirectly led to your injury.
This is not always a straightforward process. Some tips to help prove that your injury is work-related can be found here.
Understand California law
According to the California Code of Regulations, employers must determine an injury to be work-related if the work environment or job contributed to an injury or worsened a pre-existing injury. While true, it may still be up to you to provide proof that the injury occurred because of your job.
Collect evidence and document the injury
Start by gathering any immediate evidence from the scene of the accident, such as photographs or witness statements. These can be invaluable in establishing a direct link between your injury and your workplace.
Be sure to get medical attention promptly and ensure your doctor knows the injury is work-related. Medical records can provide solid evidence that your injury is work-related.
You should also document the series of events leading up to, during and after the injury. This can help establish a clear cause-and-effect relationship between your job and the injury.
Get statements from witnesses
Coworkers, managers, or any other witnesses present during the incident can explain what happened. This information can help substantiate your claim and prove the injury is work-related.
In California, proving that your job contributed to your injury is crucial for obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. By taking proactive steps like understanding the law, gathering evidence and maintaining a clear timeline you can position yourself for a successful claim. Always remember timely action and documentation are your best allies in this process.