Did you or a loved one get injured on the job? Check out these 3 workers’ compensation tips for guidance, then contact our California lawyers to get started.
Seeking Medical Treatment After a Workplace Injury
A question I sometimes get from injured employees is whether or not they should go see the company doctor. Follow-up discussion usually reveals that the employee believes the company doctor doesn’t have their best interests at heart. Is there anything that I can do? Under California law, it’s important for you to understand that the employer has the option of sending you to a doctor of their choice. With that being said, it’s important for you to understand that there are other options available to you throughout the Workers’ Compensation process. That includes seeing what sometimes is referred to as the “company doctor”, as well as trying to get referred out to either another doctor or another specialty.
If you feel that there are issues with your current medical treatment, either because the doctor isn’t taking your injuries seriously or the employer isn’t taking the doctor’s work restrictions seriously, it’s important for you to understand that, under California law, you have rights. If you have any questions regarding this process under California Workers’ Compensation law, please feel free to give me a call. I’m happy to help.
Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim
A question that we receive all too often here at the firm is what to do once a claim has been denied. The reality is that, all too often, valid claims are denied by the employer or, more often than not, by the insurance carrier. In fact, a lot of times, claims are just denied as a matter of course.
If you have filed a Workers’ Compensation claim and the insurance carrier or the employer is denying that Workers’ Compensation claim, it’s important for you to do a couple of things. First, it’s important for you to continue on with your Workers’ Compensation claim to make sure that you receive the treatment that you deserve. Second, it’s important for you to document the fact that you did get injured at work and that your claim should be covered under California Workers’ Compensation law.
Three, I would encourage you to reach to an attorney to assist you in making sure that the claim is ultimately accepted either by the insurance carrier, or the employer, or have the California Workers’ Compensation Board find that the claim is actually work-related and that the claim should be covered. If you have any questions as a result of the claim that’s either been denied or been accepted, feel free to give me a call. I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Disputed Workers’ Compensation Claim
A question that I get often here at the office either on a weekly or sometimes on a daily basis is whether an employer can deny a Workers’ Compensation under California law. The reality is the employer always has the ability to deny your claim. They can deny your claim even though your supervisor saw that you got injured. They can deny your claim even though your supervisor assisted you in filling out the Workers’ Compensation form or actually drove you to the hospital. It’s always in the employer’s right to deny your claim.
If you’ve been injured at work and your employer is denying your claim, it’s important for you to understand that you have rights and that you have the right to establish that you in fact got injured at work and that your claim should be accepted under Workers’ Compensation in California. If you’ve been injured at work and you have any questions regarding this process that you’re about to go through, feel free to give me a call. I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Are you or a loved one in the process of filing an employment claim in California and have questions about these 3 workers’ compensation tips? Contact the experienced California employment law attorneys at the Myers Law Group today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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