Fighting For The Benefits That Injured Corona Workers Deserve
Although workers’ compensation claims differ from lawsuits, it is crucial to have an experienced attorney on your side. Workers’ compensation is in place to protect injured employees, but benefits are unfortunately not guaranteed. Your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance company may attempt to deny your claim. Or, your claim could be undervalued, and you may not receive the full amount of benefits that you deserve. To ensure that your rights are protected and you are fairly compensated, contact Workers' Compensation Lawyer, Inc., today.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Corona are committed to helping injured employees get the care and resources they need after being hurt on the job. We will help you navigate the claims process, will negotiate with your employer and their workers’ compensation insurance company, and will fight for you at every step of the way.
California Workers’ Compensation Law
The workers’ compensation system is similar across states, but there are variances in terms such as deadlines, the types of benefits an injured employee can receive, and other elements.
Almost all employers in California are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance (there are very few exceptions). Injured employees must report incidents to their employer within 30 days and have one year to file a claim. Once an employee reports an occupational injury, their employer must provide claims forms within a day. Any medical expenses up to $10,000 are covered while the claim is pending. Claims that are not explicitly rejected within 90 days of filing are considered accepted in the state of California.
How To Report A Work-Related Injury
The processes you must follow to report a work-related injury will depend on your company’s policy. You may be able to report your work injury simply by telling your employer about your work accident, or you may need to complete paperwork to officially report your injury. Your employer’s policy for reporting on-the-job injuries should be outlined in your employee handbook or other hiring documents. Or, your employer may provide further instructions upon telling them about your injuries.
Workers’ Compensation FAQ
Can my employer be held liable for my work-related injuries?
Workers’ compensation is considered a no-fault system. This is different from personal injury claims in which a party is identified as liable for injuries. Employers and other parties cannot be held liable for your work injury damages, regardless of whether or not they contributed to causing your injuries. There are exceptions if the employer exhibited gross misconduct and caused your injuries.
Does workers’ compensation cover noneconomic damages?
No, workers’ compensation does not cover non-economic damages. Although medical bills, lost wages, and other financial expenses can be covered by workers’ compensation, non-economic damages such as pain and suffering are not covered.
What if I was partially at fault for my work injury?
In some cases, work injuries are caused in part by an employee’s own negligence. This may include minor actions of carelessness or incidences of severe negligence, such as when an employee is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Generally, injured employees can still receive workers’ compensation benefits if their negligence was minimal. However, exhibiting severe negligence can bar a person from receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits cover the financial losses caused by a work-related injury. Primarily, your claim will provide coverage for your medical expenses and the wages you lost while you were recovering from your injuries. You may also be provided benefits to cover additional expenses such as the cost of physical therapy or transportation to medical appointments.
The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
Upon reporting your injury, you should be provided with claims forms by your employer. On these forms, you will need to provide information about yourself and your injuries. You will need to return the forms to your employer, who will forward them to their workers’ compensation insurance company. If your claim is accepted, you will be provided with benefits. If your claim is denied, you will need to begin the process of appealing your claim. Our workers’ compensation lawyers in Corona can help if your claim was denied.