Riverside Workers’ Comp Lawyer
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An on-the-job injury can leave you unable to work for an extended period of time, while simultaneously saddling you with medical expenses. These losses can severely disrupt a person’s life. For this reason, the workers’ compensation system is in place.
Workers’ compensation benefits allow you to manage the costs that result from an occupational injury. At Workers' Compensation Lawyer, Inc., we are committed to helping work injury victims receive those benefits. Contact us to discuss your case with our workers’ compensation attorneys in Riverside.
Workers’ Compensation FAQ
Is my employer liable for my injuries?
Workers’ compensation claims differ from typical personal injury cases because liability is often not considered. Yes, it is possible that the negligence of your employer may have contributed to your injuries. However, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that protects companies from liability. Rather than filing a claim against your employer, you will receive benefits through their workers’ compensation insurance company. Employers can only be held liable for work injuries in cases of gross negligence or misconduct.
How do I report my work injury?
Every company has a different process in place for reporting work injuries and filing workers’ compensation claims. Your employer’s policy should be outlined in your employee handbook or a similar document. Typically, injured workers must speak to their employers and will need to fill out forms upon reporting their injuries.
Are illnesses covered by workers’ compensation?
Some occupational illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation. There are some diseases that are considered a known risk of certain occupations; for example, cancer is a known risk of being a firefighter. Therefore, cancer treatment is almost always covered for firefighters. Whether or not a work-related disease is covered will depend on your employer’s policies and your specific case. Mental illnesses are rarely covered by workers’ compensation, but there are exceptions.
What are some California workers’ compensation laws?
Although the workers’ compensation system is very similar throughout the country, each state has their own laws that govern claims, benefits, and other elements of workers’ compensation. In California, injured employees are required to report work accidents within 30 days. Once an on-the-job injury is reported, employers have one day to provide the injured employee with claims forms. Then, the employee has one year to file a claim. While a claim is pending, injured employees can receive up to $10,000 in coverage of their medical expenses.
How can I file a workers’ compensation claim?
After being injured on the job, you must receive medical attention and report your injuries as soon as possible with the 30-day time span. Once you report your injury and are provided with claims forms, you will need to complete those forms and return them to your employer to file. On the forms, you will need to provide information about your injuries. They will then give them to their workers’ compensation insurance company for approval. Your employer may have their own requirements for filing workers’ compensation claims. This information may be available to you in an employee handbook, poster about the workers’ compensation policies at your company, or similar literature. Your employer should advise you on any company-specific workers’ compensation policies upon reporting your injury and filing your claim.
What are workers’ compensation benefits?
Workers’ compensation benefits primarily serve as a way for injured workers to cover their medical bills and have a source of income while they recover from work-related injuries. Benefits may also cover additional expenses related to their injuries, such as if the injured worker requires transportation to and from medical appointments. Noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, are not compensable under the workers’ compensation system.
What is the role of an attorney in a workers’ compensation case?
Workers’ compensation claims differ from other types of injury litigation, but the assistance of an attorney is just as important. Our lawyers can guide you through the complex filing process, ensure you complete steps by the correct deadlines, and do everything you need to help your claim go smoothly. If your claim is denied, we will file an appeal and fight to get you the benefits you deserve. Contact Workers' Compensation Lawyer, Inc., today to learn more about how we can help you recover workers’ compensation benefits following an on-the-job injury.