Frequently Asked Questions: Answers From Our Workers’ Comp Attorneys
Workers’ compensation is available to employees who suffered injuries while working. These injuries can be either sudden or cumulative, and often lead to medical expenses and an inability to work. With our team of San Jose workers’ comp lawyers at the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin, you can pursue these benefits with ease.
How do I know if I qualify for workers’ compensation?
In California, any employee who suffers a work-related injury is eligible for workers’ compensation. The application process can be complicated though, and insurance companies often give weak claims the runaround. For this reason, our team combs through your claim to produce a thorough and detailed depiction of the events that led to your injury. This helps you receive the maximum possible benefit.
Can I get compensation for a driving accident that occurred while running errands for my job?
Usually, these accidents would fall under the category of a work-related incident. If you were traveling for your job, if you were driving to lunch on your break from work, or if you were picking up something for work, you may be able to apply for workers’ compensation.
How much time do I have to file for compensation?
As with all claims, workers’ compensation benefits are subject to a statute of limitations, meaning a time limit within which you must apply for benefits. The longer you wait to tell your employer about your injury, the more likely your claim will be denied. In California, you need to file within the first 30 days of your injury.
Can I receive treatment for my injury before the claim is approved?
Yes, you can. Ask your employer where you should go for treatment if you have not already predesignated a doctor on your company medical plan. When you are receiving care, let your doctor know that your injury occurred as the result of an incident at work. This lets the doctor know that he or she will be required to fill out additional paperwork for you.