Definition of Affidavit
An affidavit is a written or printed declaration or statement of facts that is made voluntarily and is confirmed or taken under affirmation or oath of the party that is making it before an officer that has the authority to administer it. In many instances, an affidavit is a document that is typed and notarized, which presents facts as seen by a witness. An affidavit can be very helpful in establishing a workers' compensation claim. For example, an affidavit from a co-worker may help to establish that you were injured in the course of doing your job for your employer.
There are some important reasons why an affidavit may be needed in a workers' compensation claim. Your employer's insurance company may be disputing or trying to deny your claim. As mentioned above, an affidavit from one of your co-workers may help to establish that your injury was work related. Another reason why an affidavit may be needed is to help establish the fact that you are an employee of an employer and not an independent contractor, in the event that your employer is trying to say that you are not covered by his workers' compensation. An affidavit may help you, if you have to appeal your workers' compensation claim or go before a Workers' Compensation Judge or Workers' Compensation Board.