How to Begin the Workers’ Compensation ProcessBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 24, 2015 | In Workers Compensation
Injured employees who are unable to work while recovering are entitled to compensation for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. However, employees often struggle to get the support they need because of mistakes made during the workers’ compensation claim process. What you do immediately after an accident and in the following weeks will have a significant impact on your ability to receive fair compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
First and foremost, you must notify your employer about your injury right away. If you wait too long afterward, you may lose your right to receive benefits. It is important that you DO NOT discuss your injuries with your co-workers. You must speak to someone in a managerial or supervisorial position. If you require immediate medical attention and are unable to notify your employer, the formal notice requirement may be excused.
Once your employer is notified of the injury, he or she will have to submit a report to the California workers’ compensation board and notify the workers’ comp insurance carrier. Ideally, the carrier will then begin paying your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. However, not all workers’ compensation claims go this smoothly.
There are a number of injured workers in Los Angeles who have their initial request for compensation denied. For example, if your employer or employer’s doctor determines that your injuries or illnesses are not work-related, then, you may struggle to receive benefits. Your carrier may also choose to reject your claim. If this happens, you will have to appeal the rejection with the California workers’ compensation board.
If your claim is denied or if you are worried that you will not receive benefits, DO NOT hesitate to seek out legal guidance. A Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney can help you prove your case and assist you with securing the monetary support you need during these challenging times. Call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office at (800) 438-7734.