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What if no one witnessed your work accident?

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2023 | Workplace Accidents

When filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may need evidence to prove your injury is work-related. And your colleagues can help you do so. During investigations, your employer or the inspectors they work with will question witnesses to obtain more information. 

But what if no one was around when the accident happened? Does this mean you can’t file a claim?

You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even without witnesses. This guide discusses how this can be possible.  

Take photos

Taking photos of your injury and the accident scene may provide adequate evidence for your workers’ compensation claim. And since you lack the support of witness statements, your employer and their insurance company may significantly depend on these pictures.

Video footage

If cameras are at the accident scene, their footage can serve as your evidence. You should request that your employer provides a copy of any video footage.

Report the injury immediately

You should report a work injury immediately, whether witnesses are present or not. Nonetheless, you may benefit more from this in the latter scenario. This is because your employer can see the injury and examine the accident scene. Since the evidence may corroborate your story, you can file a claim without witnesses.

Get medical attention

When you are injured at work, you should seek medical care immediately. In addition to receiving treatment, this provides crucial evidence to prove your injury is work-related. A medical professional confirming your injuries/symptoms are consistent with your claim can strengthen your case.

What if your claim is denied?

The absence of witnesses is one of the grounds on which insurers deny claims. Thus, your employer’s insurance company may use it to deny you compensation. Nonetheless, you can file an appeal if this happens.

If no one witnessed your work accident, you should get legal help to build a strong case and understand your legal rights and options. 


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