What To Do If You’re Injured On the Job in CaliforniaBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on July 10, 2012 | In Workplace Injury
In California, workers’ compensation provides benefits for those who are injured on the job. If you suffer a workplace injury, here are the first key steps you should take to protect your workers’ compensation rights:
- Tell your supervisor. Tell your supervisor as soon as an injury occurs. If your injury or illness developed over time, tell your supervisor as soon as you notice symptoms or connect them to your work situation.
- Get medical attention. If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or visit a hospital emergency room immediately. Tell the medical staff that your injury was work-related. If you don’t need emergency care, get first aid and see a doctor as soon as you can for your workplace injury.
- Get a claim form and fill it out. Your employer should provide you with a workers’ compensation claim form. Fill this out and return it as soon as you can. This form opens your workers’ compensation claim. Filing it also protects other rights you have under workers’ compensation law, like coverage for up to $10,000 in medical bills while your claim is considered and the presumption you were injured on the job if your claim is not handled within 90 days.
The workers’ compensation process can feel overwhelming when you’re already trying to recover from an injury and get back to work. At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, we’re dedicated to helping you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet. To speak to one of our skilled southern California workers’ compensation attorneys today, call us at (800) 438-7734.