Workers Compensation :
What is Workers Compensation?
When a worker suffers a work-related accident or becomes ill due to conditions on the job, the employer /insurance company pays for the employee’s medical treatment, lost wages, and possibly compensation for a permanent impairment and job retraining.
Workers Compensation cases in California are not commenced by filing a complaint in superior court. Instead, a Workers Compensation case begins by filing a claim form with the Employer.
Filing a workers’ Compensation Claim in California is a 3-step process:
- Reporting the injury
- Filing the actual claim with your employer
- Filing an application for adjudication of claim with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB)
Time-frame for filing a Workers Compensation Claim :
The deadlines for filing Workers Compensation Claim start on the date of your injury. You have 30 days to inform your employer that you have been injured or fallen ill for a work-related reason. If you were hurt in a workplace accident, the date is easy to obtain. But it’s complicated if you have a cumulative trauma injury (like a repetitive stress) or an occupational disease (like lung disease from exposure to toxic chemicals). In such situations, the time period for reporting and filing your claim starts when both of the following happen:
- You first missed work or visited a doctor
- You knew that it was caused by your work( because the doctor explained that to you)
Why do I need a California Workers' Compensation Attorney?
Workers’ Compensation cases become very complicated when employers do not have insurance, are underinsured, or are uncooperative and refuse to believe that you have been injured at your workplace. Having an experienced Workers Compensation attorney at your side in any of these instances will help ease your stress so you can focus on recovering from your injury or illness.
An experienced Workers Compensation Attorney will use their experience to help guide you through the California workers’ compensation process, from filing your case through getting you compensated.
We are committed to enforcing your rights to help you receive maximum compensation for your injury. Worker’s compensation provides benefits to workers who are hurt at work or have a discomfort, illness, or disability caused by conditions in the workplace. A worker’s compensation claim is not a claim against his employer but a claim for insurance benefits.
SOME OF THE BENEFITS FOR COMPENSATION TO THE WORKER ARE:
Medical attention. Paid by your employer to help you recover from an injury or an illness caused by the workplace.
Benefits for temporary disability.
Supplemental benefits for loss of work.
Survivors benefits. Payments given to your spouse, your children, or other dependants if your life is lost due to an injury or occupational disease.
You do not need to be a legal resident of the United States to receive most of the benefits of worker’s compensation.
Compensation for lost wages.
No matter what your legal situation is, we can help.