Gathering evidence for a San Antonio workplace injury lawyer to evaluate can be a delicate process. The company against which you’re gathering proof of your injury likely has you under a microscope, and while you’re building a claim, chances are good they’re also quietly organizing to defeat it. Or, at least, to pay out as little as possible.
What does a workplace injury lawyer need to know to properly evaluate your case?
Where and When it Happened
Where were you and what were you doing at the time the injury occurred? Was it on company property or while engaging in company business elsewhere, but on company time? Even if it took place at a company-related recreational activity like a holiday party or picnic, it could qualify as a workplace injury. A San Antonio workplace injury lawyer will know what state laws apply to your case.
It will help to have photographs of the injury and where it occurred to document dangerous conditions such as a wet floor or an unsafe working environment.
Your Employment Status
Do you have a formal, signed employment contract? Or were you informally hired to do some temporary work on a cash-only basis? Were you driving a company truck or using your own vehicle and equipment? Without a signed document stating you are definitely employed by that company, they could claim you are a temporary contractor and, therefore, not qualified to receive compensation for a workplace injury.
Did you seek treatment right away? You will need proof in the form of medical records and doctor notes. Also, you will need to have notified your employer of the incident within a specific Workers’ Compensation Act deadline.
If there are any witnesses to your workplace injury, they could be valuable in proving your case. “Witnesses” include anyone who saw your accident when it happened and medical professionals who saw you after the fact.
For more expert advice, schedule a free consultation with an experienced San Antonio workplace injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney.