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Proving that you were hurt on the job

| May 15, 2019 | workers' compensation

It is a problem that some Arizona workers face while trying to secure compensation for a workplace injury. An employer asserts that the worker did not suffer the injury on the job, so the compensation claim is invalid. This is why when you get started with a workers’ compensation claim, you should do all you can to prove that you were hurt on the job so that your employer cannot credibly claim otherwise.

The process of filing the appropriate papers is one way to combat employer claims that you were not hurt while at work. When a worker sustains a workplace injury, it is incumbent on the worker to report the incident to the employer. This paperwork can establish the time and place of the injury. However, you may also want to gather some testimonies of fellow workers to reinforce your account of events so that an employer cannot say you were injured elsewhere. You can also include time sheets that verify that you were at work at the time of the injury.

FindLaw points out that an employer may still claim your injury has nothing to do with your activities at work. This can be a problem if it is not clear that an injury did in fact take place on the job. Sometimes a worker can get hurt but experience no prolonged pain until days or week after. In other instances, a worker might pull a muscle but it is not exactly clear when the injury occurred.

In situations like this, you want to gather all the relevant medical records pertaining to your case to help prove you were hurt due to your activities at work. Ideally, you should have been examined by a doctor shortly after your injury, but if you were denied a claim, it is important to be medically examined so that you have evidence to help form a rebuttal to the denial. Ultimately, any piece of evidence you present may be crucial in establishing the validity of your claim.