Workers Compensation: Is it Worth Filing?By Kenton Koszdin on May 18, 2020 | In Blogs
When an injury happens on the job, it can be difficult to know whether or not it’s really “worth it” for you to file a claim for Worker’s Compensation. You may be thinking: what if your injury wasn’t really that serious? What if your employer thinks less of you for asking? What if you end up being terminated as a result of filing? These are questions that undoubtedly go through everyone’s mind when it comes time to consider filing for worker’s compensation after sustaining an injury on the job.
If you find yourself wondering whether or not it’s “worth it” to file a workers compensation claim, ask yourself these four key questions:
- Are you an employee of the company whose working grounds you were injured on?
- Does your employer carry workers’ compensation insurance?
- Was your injury or illness work-related?
- Are you able to meet your state’s deadlines for reporting the injury and filing a Worker’s Compensation claim?
Did you know that in the state of California it’s legally required that all employers carry workers compensation insurance, and you have 30 days from the date of the injury or illness to file a Worker’s Compensation claim? Even if an employer only has one sole employee, they are still required to offer worker’s compensation. The only exception to this rule is that, in some cases, employers can opt-out of covering the executive officers and directors – but this is only the case if the employee that happens to be a director or executive officer chooses to be excluded from coverage. In the end, it is the employee’s choice, not the employer!
If you’re a citizen of California, there are plenty of government resources available to you regarding the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you’re still unsure if you should file a workers’ compensation claim if you believe you may face retaliation for doing so or any other concerns: contact an experienced attorney.
Our attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, understand how overwhelming this process can be. If you or a loved one are considering filing for Social Security disability benefits, an experienced California Social Security disability claim lawyer at Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Southern California is here to help. Contact us today at 800.438.7734 for a free consultation.