Have You Suffered a Northern California Workplace Injury? Here are Some Tips to Safeguard Your Worker’s Compensation Claim
In today’s economy, our jobs are more valuable than ever before. We work to support our families, pay our bills, and save for the future. When we go to work, we want to know that our safety and wellbeing is at the front of our employers’ minds.
Employers are required to be insured for any injuries that their employees may encounter over the course of their careers. This insurance, called workers' compensation insurance, ensures that if an employee is injured on the job his medical bills will be covered. In an ideal world, the transition from injury to medical care would be seamless, but that is rarely the case.
Injured workers often face several roadblocks during the workers' compensation claim process. From every angle, there are factors that complicate things. Medical reviews, difficult adjusters, and the strange American Medical Association Guide injury rating system can cause unnecessary waiting and frustration.
There are ways that you can make the process much easier for yourself further down the road immediately following a work-related injury. As soon as you are injured, there are a few things that you need to do:
- Report your injury to your employer. As soon as you are injured, be sure to report your injury and fill out an “Employee’s Claim for Worker’s Compensation Benefits” form. Your employer must fill out the “Employer” section and return the form to you within twenty-four hours. If the injury requires medical attention, be sure to let your employer know.
- Be a model patient. Go to all of your scheduled medical appointments. Keep copies of all medical bills and documents.
- Keep detailed records and document everything. Collecting information that is important to your case can provide your attorney with valuable information. Keep track of medical treatment, any paperwork from your employer, and receipts for medical costs. Also be sure to have written record of your injury and how it happened.
- See a Chico worker’s compensation lawyer. The earlier in your claim process you seek legal help, the better. Filing your claim and going through the medical review process with a lawyer by your side can ensure that you get your benefits as soon as possible.
The California Workers' Compensation system is a wonderful asset to our hardworking citizens, but it can be tricky to navigate alone. If you live in Northern California, you should know that the Ledgerwood Law Group in Chico has been practicing workers' compensation law for over twenty years. If you’ve been injured in a California workplace accident, call Thomas Ledgerwood and his team today at 530.899.7178 or toll-free at 1.888.899.7178.