Because no one expects to be injured at work, most people do not know what actions to take should the unthinkable happen. Without timely action, injured workers run the risk of overlooking, or even losing, their basic legal rights under California workers’ compensation law. These laws are designed to protect injured workers; knowing how to take advantage of them can help on the road to recovery.
The circumstances of every workplace accident resulting in injury may be different, but workers’ compensation law doesn’t look at how an accident happened, only that an injury occurred. Workers’ compensation claims are fault-less, so even if you are the cause of your own injury, you are entitled to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
The First Steps After a Work Injury
If you have suffered a work injury, it’s important to seek immediate medical treatment and to notify your employer. These two steps begin the recovery process. Your employer is required to give you a workers’ compensation claim form (DWC 1) within one working day of your injury (it can also be downloaded here). After completing the form, return it to your employer. Within one day of receiving your claim form, your employer is required to authorize medical treatment. Upon authorization, if you haven’t already begun treatment, you should start at this time.
Document Your Work Comp Claim
Documenting your work injury is one of the most important things you can do to protect your rights. Keep records of every form you fill out, make note of every doctor’s appointment, and record dates of when you submit documents or medical records.
Consult with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
An experienced workers’ compensation law firm can help you with your work injury claim every step of the way. The California workers’ comp system is notoriously complex and difficult to navigate. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has the knowledge necessary to help you recover from your injuries and help you seek financial compensation for your work injury. Call 888-517-9888 today for a free consultation.