mechanism of injury

The mechanism of injury is, in workers compensation, an explanation of the injured worker's injury, preferably one that is extremely detailed.

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What part of the body was injured and how? It's imperative to interview the employee and tactfully obtain a complete description from the employee of the way the accident unfolded, if the event was unwitnessed, and from any bystanders to guard against manipulation of the facts later. A full description allows for an accident reconstructionist to comment on what body parts could truly have been impacted by the fall should litigation become inevitable.