Many people spend most of their waking hours on the job. Therefore, it’s no surprise many people sustain injuries while at work. With serious injuries, however, employees in California have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim to help them pay for medical bills and lost wages. Here are the steps you need to take after experiencing a work-related injury.
Step 1: Inform Your Manager or Employer About the Injury
Talking to your employer about your injury as soon as possible is imperative when filing a workers’ compensation claim. You want to be as honest as possible about what happened. Don’t sugarcoat your injury or try to overplay the damage. Many cases are thrown out because the injured party wasn’t honest from the start. Informing your manager or employer can also get the workers’ compensation process started.
Step 2: Get Medical Treatment
This may need to be the first step if your injury is extremely dangerous and need medical attention immediately. However, if you don’t need to call 911 right away, handle step 1 before proceeding to a doctor. Workers’ compensation will cover all your medical expenses, even if the insurance company needs to reimburse you later for your early treatment. Seeing a doctor isn’t only vital for your health, but it is also a way to provide your case with concrete evidence of your injury.
Step 3: Submit the Appropriate Workers’ Comp Paperwork
After seeing a doctor, file whatever paperwork is appropriate to your employer. Your manager, human resources representative, or employer can tell you what forms you need to fill out and to whom to send them. Don’t be afraid of being punished for filing a claim. Your employer is barred from punishing you or firing you for requesting workers’ compensation benefits.
If you need help filing for workers’ compensation, or your claim was denied, don’t hesitate to give our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys a call. The Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin is dedicated to helping California employees seek the benefits they deserve for a workplace incident. Let us see what we can do for you.