4. Make notes and review notes made by others

You should make detailed notes about your injury. Include information like:

  • exactly what happened and how, for example, you were bending down to put boxes on a shelf
  • who was there when it happened
  • anything unusual about the work area or conditions, for example, the floor was wet and slippery
  • what time or how long into your shift it happened
  • what parts of your body were injured
  • what you felt when you were injured, for example, a sharp pain or a burning feeling
  • whether you got medical treatment

You should also make notes of any conversations you had about your injury with others, like your supervisor, manager, or boss.

It's a good idea to make notes soon after the accident and include dates. Keep your notes in a safe place in case you need them later.

If your employer investigates what happened and writes a report, ask to see it. Read it carefully to make sure that it's accurate.

If you don't agree with what's in your employer's report, tell them what parts you don't agree with. It's a good idea to do this in writing so that you have proof of what you told your employer.

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