What You Should Do If You Get Injured At Work
Being injured on the job is a stressful situation. The most important thing to do first is to get first aid or any other necessary medical assistance immediately. Make sure to notify your supervisor immediately of how and when you were injured.
An injured employee who fails to inform his or her employer, in writing, within 30 days after the date of the accident causing the injury may lose the right to workers’ compensation benefits. In the case of occupational disease, notification should be given within two years after disablement, or within two years after the claimant knew or should have known that the disease was work related.
Do I Need A Lawyer?
If you plan on filing a claim, you may need to contact a local attorney to help you with your case. Depending on the complexity of your case, having a lawyer experienced in injury cases such as yours will be a huge help to navigate through the processes. Younessi Law has 24 years of experience representing seriously injured employees, and give free consultations to anyone looking for help with starting a claim.
Our agents speak both Spanish & English, and can help you get the assistance you need during this stressful time. You can call us at (323)777-7777, or visit www.younessilaw.com for more information.
Do I Get Paid If I’m Injured At Work?
Workers Compensation benefits will vary on the insurance your employer has, as well as the nature of your injury. They can include Medical Care, Temporary Disability Benefits, Permanent Disability Benefits, Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits. and Death Benefits (in the event of a death from a job injury or illness, benefits payments will be processed to your Spouse, Children, or other dependents you may have)
Some examples of payments that workers compensation cases will receive can be found below, as listed by the State of CA Department of Industrial Relations.
How to File A Workers’ Compensation Claim
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is similar to filing an insurance claim, however in this case it is not a lawsuit against an employer, but rather a request for benefits.
You will need to notify your employer first, no matter how they learn of the incident they must offer you a claim form immediately. The employer has no obligation to provide benefits to you until your claim form is completed, so get it done as soon as possible.
Most states require employers to have the forms you will need to start the process, so talk to your supervisor about obtaining them for yourself. If for some reason they cannot provide the necessary documentation, immediately contact your state workers compensation office, which can be located through the Department Of Labor Website, Here
Which Forms Do I Need To Fill Out?
Fill out only the EMPLOYEE section of the workers’ compensation claim form.Make sure you sign & date the forms properly, it is important to keep your own copy of the claim form in your records for later use. Do not rely on a single copy of your claim in case it is lost or otherwise misplaced. Once completed, return the form to your employer either by hand or via mail. File quickly, otherwise you could be subject to delays in receiving your benefits.
Once returned to your employer, they will fill out the EMPLOYER section of the claim form and forward the document to his workers compensation insurance company. Your employer should give you a separate copy of the claim for your own records; If they do not give you a copy, be sure to ask for one. Typically, insurance companies will have about 14 days to mail you a letter pertaining to the status of your claim. If you don’t receive a letter within the two week time frame, try calling the insurance company to request one.
What Are The Rules About Workers Compensation In My State?
Every state has different guidelines, rules, and deadlines within workers compensation law. Contact us at Younessi Law if you need more information about workers compensation law in California. We have been serving the Los Angeles county area for over 24 years, and can help you get the compensation & justice you deserve.