When you get injured at work, it’s critical that you take the right steps so that you are able to claim the benefits that are rightfully yours. But in the aftermath of getting hurt, you may not know what to do. That’s why it’s a good idea to read up on it beforehand just in case the information ever comes in handy.
The following are things you should do — and not do — when pursuing workers’ comp in California.
Do: Report it Right Away
Report your injury or illness as soon as it happens. This applies even if you develop a sickness or become injured overtime. While you technically have 30 days to report it, the sooner the better. The moment you feel sick or you’re in pain, report it to your workplace, and get a copy of the report in writing.
Don’t delay reporting it or getting treatment. Otherwise, you may not get the full benefits you need.
Do: Make a Workers’ Comp Claim
Your employer may try to pressure you not to make a claim, which is illegal. If you are sick or injured, then they need to uphold their responsibility and help you file a workers’ comp claim. Make sure you are very detailed when you turn in your claim and include the circumstances surrounding how you got injured in the first place.
Don’t accept any payments directly from your employer. They need to pay you through their workers’ comp insurance instead.
Do: Go for Treatment
You need to go for treatment immediately and stay on top of your treatment. If you aren’t happy with the workers’ comp doctor, you can change doctors instead.
Don’t delay getting treatment or neglect your treatment plan. If you aren’t taking your medicine, using your medical equipment, or otherwise taking steps to get better, then this could reflect poorly on you and affect your benefits.
Do: Pursue a Claim That’s Rightfully Yours
When you get injured at work, as long as you are an employee (and not an independent contractor), you are absolutely entitled to benefits. The insurance company may try to deny you. If this happens, there are important steps you need to take right away.
Don’t take “no” for an answer if your claim gets denied, because you have other options.
Do: Call a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If your claim was denied, you need help filing, or you have any questions about workers’ compensation, then you should get in touch with a workers’ comp attorney right away. They can help you find a better doctor for your treatment and, of course, they will fight for you to get you the benefits you deserve.
Don’t forget to do your research when looking for an attorney. Find one who dedicates their practice to and/or specializes in workers’ comp and has the testimonials and excellent case results to back up their work. Ask what their fee is up front and make sure you understand what the claim process will entail. Remember that you can go to a workers’ comp attorney for a free consultation and then decide if you want to work with them on your case.
Contacting Tichy Law
If you’ve been injured at work and need representation, then contact the workers’ compensation attorneys Tichy Law Inc. at (916) 444-0321 for a free consultation. We look forward to assisting you at this time.