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How do I file a workers' compensation claim?

If you suffer an injury while at work in California, you can file a workers' compensation claim in most cases. You need to file your claim properly to ensure you do not get a denial. Luckily, the process is fairly easy and your employer should assist you upon learning of your injury. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, your employer should start the workers' compensation claim process by giving you the form within one day of your injury. If your employer does not give you the form, you can download it from the website of the Department of Workers' Compensation.

Once you have the form, you should fill out everything in the employee section. You then give the form back to your employer. You can do this in person or by mail. If you mail it, make sure to use certified mail. Your employer then finishes filling out the form and submits it. You should get a copy of the completed form.

You now wait for the reply, which should come within 14 days. Typically, the insurer sends a letter in the mail that provides the current status of your claim. There must be a denial within 90 days or your claim is automatically approved.

Do note that your employer must pay for any medical care you need up to $10,000 before your claim is finalized. In addition, there is a requirement for medical treatment authorization within one day of your injury. This information is for education. It is not legal advice.

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