Injured at work? Here’s what you should do.
Have you been injured in an accident at work or diagnosed with any type of work-related illness or injury? You may have a number of questions about your legal rights and the steps you should take at this point to seek cash benefits and medical care under California’s workers’ compensation system. Fortunately, the team at Pacific Attorney Group is prepared to offer insight and guidance when you need it most.
There are several steps you should take immediately after an on-the-job injury occurs. Taking these steps can help ensure you actually have the opportunity to receive financial support and medical treatment under the workers’ comp system. According to the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC):
Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide you with the medical treatment you need to recover from your work related injury or illness, partially replace the wages you lose while you are recovering, and help you return to work.
Steps to Take After a Work Injury
If injured at work, taking the following steps can help you fully experience the advantages that the workers’ compensation system has to offer:
Inform your employer of your illness or injury. You need to report your injury or illness to your supervisor within 30 days of the incident or the time that you became aware that your condition was work-related. Failing to inform your employer may jeopardize your right to workers’ comp benefits.
Seek medical treatment. If you are seriously injured, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room to seek immediate care. Inform your employer of the incident as soon as you can for further instructions on receiving medical treatment. If you are not in need of emergency care, be sure to obtain first aid and schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to inform any medical professionals that your injury or illness is work-related.
Fill out a workers’ compensation claim form and give it to your employer. Your employer is required to give you this form within one working day of your report of injury or illness. You can also download this form from the DWC website. Be sure to fill out this form completely and honestly, and be as detailed as possible. If you have trouble understanding the form or filling it out, you can look for help on the DWC website or can always call an attorney who is experienced in handling these claims.
If you were seriously injured or are experiencing any problems in seeking workers’ compensation benefits, consider involving an attorney. The recovery of benefits is not always a straightforward matter, particularly if you are left temporarily or permanently disabled or if your claim is being disputed by your employer. An attorney can assert your rights and help you seek the benefits to which you are entitled.
Choosing a Lawyer
If you have informed your employer of your injury, received medical care and filed your workers’ compensation claim, and yet you have questions or have come across any problems during the claims process, you can find help in a skilled legal professional at our firm. We represent injured workers and have more than three-and-a-half decades of combined legal experience to apply to our clients’ cases. To get started in receiving the legal representation you deserve, contact our firm. We are here to help you rebuild after a work injury.
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