Protecting Your California Workers’ Comp Claim: A To-Do ListBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 17, 2013 | In Workers Compensation Claims
If you’ve been injured on the job, your first priority was probably to get the medical treatment you need – and rightly so. Once you’re out of danger, however, it is important to protect your right to file a workers’ compensation claim and to get the benefits you deserve.
You can help keep your claim on track by completing the following tasks:
First, report your injury or illness to your employer if you have not already done so.
Second, fill out a workers’ compensation claim form and give it to your employer. Your employer should give you a copy of this form within one day of your report. Or you can find it on the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) website or at a state Information and Assistance office.
Fill out the “employee” portion of the form, giving the most complete description of your injury that you can, and return it to your employer as soon as possible. If you send it by mail, get a return receipt so you can be certain your employer received it.
Then, continue to get the medical care you need for your illness or injury. Get any tests or treatments your doctor prescribes and keep your follow-up appointments. Tell your doctor about your symptoms and the work incident that caused them. Also, tell your doctor about your job and your work environment. This information helps your doctor provide better care and document how your condition was caused by your job.
Finally, speak to an experienced southern California workers’ compensation attorney to learn how to best protect your right to compensation. For a free consultation, call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today at (800) 438-7734.