- 1. If you are injured while at a business or in a building, it is NOT necessary to fill out a report with management or an employee to preserve your claim. Instead, do your own investigation. For example, take pictures and get the contact information of witnesses and the employees on duty.
- 2. If you are injured by a foreign object in your food or other product, take pictures and save the whole item. If it is perishable, take pictures of the item in its original condition and save the foreign object.
- 3. Sometimes, conversations can be valuable evidence in your case. You can record YOUR OWN phone calls and conversations in New York without consent from another party as long as you are one of the parties. This is known as “one party consent.” However, this may not apply if all the parties are not in New York at the time of the conversation.
- 4. If you are injured in an elevator, write down or photograph any identifying letters or numbers for the elevator car you were in at the time of your injury so that a proper investigation can be done as soon as possible.
- 5. Save your pay stubs. These can be very useful for establishing the amount of a lost wage claim after an injury and provide proof of unfair wage practices where you feel you have not been paid what the law requires. This information can become difficult to get if you do not return to work after an injury or if you are fired.
Always remember, help is a phone call away!