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What Are My Employer’s Responsibilities When I Need Workers’ Compensation?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 14, 2013 | In Workers Compensation Claims

When you’re injured on the job, filing a workers’ compensation claim form, DWC-1, with your employer is usually the first step you have to take to get the ball rolling for your workers’ compensation coverage. In order to know if your employer is holding up his or her end of the bargain, however, you need to understand what your employer’s responsibilities are, too.

Before an injury occurs, your employer is responsible for getting the workers’ compensation insurance coverage required by law, providing new employees with information about their workers’ compensation rights, and posting the workers’ comp poster in a place where every employee can see it.

Once an injury occurs, your employer must:

  • Give you a copy of the workers’ compensation claim form within one day of the injury,
  • Return a completed copy of the claim form to you within one day after you turn it in,
  • Send a copy of the claim form and an injury report to the workers’ compensation administrator within one day of receipt,
  • Authorize up to $10,000 for medical care within one day of receiving your form, and
  • Give you “light duty” work when appropriate.

If you were injured because of a crime that took place while you were on the job, the employer needs to let you know that workers’ compensation covers those injuries as well.

If you’re struggling to get the workers’ compensation coverage you need after an injury or illness, a hardworking L.A. workers’ compensation attorney at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call us today at (888) 438-7734.

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