Did you suffer an injury while working your shift at McDonald's? If so, you are eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation includes medical benefits to cover the cost of any medical care that you need to recover from the injuries suffered.
In addition, workers' comp covers a portion of your lost wages while you are unable to work. Every state sets its own workers' comp laws, so they do vary depending on where you are located.
Supporting Documentation and Evidence for Your Claim
As an example case scenario, you were working at McDonald's in the kitchen when you suffered serious grease burns. You will need to maintain detailed documentation and gather up evidence to support your claim. Documentation will show your injuries, how you were hurt, and how your injuries impact you.
Here are some examples of documentation that you need.
- Get statements from any eyewitnesses.
This includes coworkers, vendors, or customers. Make sure they give you their name and contact details as well. The date of the incident and store location should be included in the statement.
- Keep detailed medical records.
This means you should get copies of treatment records from the ER visit, any follow-up physician visits, surgical notes, and physical therapy notes. Keep any bills or receipts, orders for medical goods such as bandages or slings, and prescription records. These all show your injury details.
- Make your own written statement regarding the accident and what happened.
Try to do this while the incident is still fresh in your mind so you can give explicit details. Also, mention what you were doing, how you were doing your job, what equipment was being used, and any coworkers on that shift. Even detail your medical care and the injury in your statement.
- Get a copy of the accident report completed by your employer.
Also, if a report is completed by law enforcement because 911 was called get a copy of that report as well.
- Take all the documentation and create a timeline of your accident.
This timeline can be used to detail the events in order so you can have more success with your claim for workers' compensation benefits.
Giving a Deposition
If your workers' compensation claim cannot be settled, you will be asked to give a deposition. The attorneys representing McDonald's will question you in detail. They might ask about your background, your training, any previous injuries, how the accident happened, and what injuries you suffered.
You will also be asked about your medical care and how you are affected by your injuries. You should always be completely truthful when answering questions in a deposition. Present yourself in a professional, straightforward manner and be honest when explaining what happened and how it happened.
Consult With a Workers' Compensation Lawyer
If you suffered injuries in an accident while working at McDonald's, you should consult with a workers' compensation claim before filing for benefits. Workers' compensation can be complicated, so you need an experienced lawyer fighting for you and ensuring your rights are protected.
Your attorney is not paid until you get a settlement or judgment, so you have nothing to lose. A statute of limitations does apply, so schedule a free case evaluation today.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against McDonald’s, or another party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.