Working in construction can be dangerous, especially when you factor in the fact that an average of two construction workers die of work-related injuries in the U.S. each and every day. If you've been injured in the workplace when operating heavy machinery, you'll want to speak with a construction injury attorney to determine whether you have sufficient cause and evidence to file a claim against your employers, the worksite manager, other contractors or file a claim with worker's compensation. Here are 3 types of evidences you should bring with you to the law office.
Certification Proving Ability to Use the Machinery Properly
First and foremost, you need to prove that you are required or had a need to use the heavy machinery that you were operating. You also need to prove that you are certified to operate the machinery. Bring along your job description, and give the construction injury attorney a good idea on what your job responsibilities are. This is also a good time to bring along any certifications or licensing documents that you might have on hand, which can prove that you have the training needed to operate the heavy machinery safely.
Photographs and Videos of the Machinery If It Malfunctioned or If It Was Damaged Due to Negligence
There are plenty of different scenarios where you could've gotten injured while operating a heavy machinery. You need to add visual aids to your claims, as it can be difficult for outsiders to fully understand how the accident unfolded. Take photographs and videos of not only the machinery, but the scene of the accident. If the machinery was damaged, you want to take detailed photographs and video recordings of the extent and severity of the damages.
Workplace Documents Along with Witness Statements Detailing How the Accident Happened
After the accident, you probably filed a report with your workplace. Before you head on over to a lawyer's office, ask your employers for a copy of the report. You'll also want to collect witness statements from your coworkers. These evidences can be used to back up any claims you've made, and show that you are a credible and honest person.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, the construction injury attorney may file for worker's compensation in your behalf. However, if it is painfully obvious that a specific party is to blame, they may take further action and file a case against that party. Bringing in as much evidence as possible will help the construction injury attorney plan out your next move.