Have you been injured on the job? Check out these 5 common workers’ comp questions for guidance, then call our lawyers to get started today.
1) What injuries are covered by workers’ compensation in California?
I was recently asked what type of injuries are covered under California’s Workers’ Compensation law. The answer is actually quite simple. Any injury that you suffer at work is covered under California Workers’ Compensation law. That includes both physical injury to your arms, to your wrist, to your legs, any type of physical injury. It also may include psychological injury as a result of the type of work that you have.
It also includes issues like cancer and long-term medical issues that require medical treatment. If you have a question as to whether or not your injury may or may not be covered under Workers’ Compensation, feel free to give us a call. I’d love to answer those questions for you.
2) What medical bills are covered by workers’ compensation in California?
A question we frequently get asked here at the firm center around who’s going to pay for all the medical bills and treatment that a patient is facing. Under California law and California Workers’ Compensation law specifically, it’s the employer or their insurance carrier that are responsible for compensating the doctors that are providing you for the treatment related to injuries that you suffered while at work. If you’ve been injured at work and you’re concerned about who’s going to pay for the treatment, understand that it’s important for you to find an attorney that will fight to make sure that the insurance carrier pays for the medical treatment that you deserve to get as a result of being injured at work. If you have any questions regarding your Workers’ Compensation claim, feel free to give us a call. I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
3) How long does it take to resolve a workers’ compensation claim?
One of the first questions I’ll get from a client is how long it typically takes for a Workers’ Compensation claim to go through. The answer to that question is really it depends on the type of injury that you have and the type of treatment that you need. There are times that a Workers’ Compensation claim might only last three to four months. During that time period, you’ll be receiving treatment and going through the process. There’s other times in which a Workers’ Compensation claim because of the injury goes on for longer than a year.
During that time period you’re receiving treatment, people are advocating for you as it relates to your claim and the Workers’ Compensation Board is involved. If you have questions with how long it will take to get through the Workers’ Compensation process, feel free to give us a call. I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have.
4) What should I do if my employer refuses to file a workers’ compensation report?
I’m often asked, what happens if my employer refuses or fails to report my injury at work. It’s extremely important that your injury is documented. If you got injured at work, you should notify your employer about your injury at work, as soon as possible. Also, under California law, it’s important for that employer to file a claim on your behalf. If the employer refuses to file a claim on your behalf, then you should be concerned that at a later point, that supervisor or that employer will deny that you ever told them about the injury— essentially, what is an attempt to deny your claim.
If you’ve been injured at work and your employer is refusing to report the injury, make sure that you contact an attorney that can assist you in filing a claim on your own behalf to make sure that somebody is fighting for you. If you have any questions with regards to whether or not your employer should file a claim for an injury that occurred at work, feel free to give me a call. I’m happy to answer any questions that may have.
5) Can I sue my employer after a workplace injury?
One of the questions we get here at the firm is whether or not you can sue an employer if you got injured at work. The short answer to that is, if you get injured at work, the way that you will process your claim and hold your employer accountable for the injury that was caused is to file a claim with California’s Workers’ Compensation Board. The board is typically the exclusive place for injured employees to go get the treatment that they need, as well as to be compensated for those claims. The California Workers’ Comp Board is specifically tailored to address the injuries related to injuries occurred while at work.
If you’ve been injured at work and you need assistance in filing a claim with California Workers’ Compensation Board, it’s important for you to find an attorney that specializes in that area of the law. If you have any questions regarding that process, feel free to give me a call. I’m more than 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 workers’ compensation? After reading these 5 common workers’ comp questions, contact the experienced California employment law attorneys at the Myers Law Group today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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