After an on-the-job injury, workers’ compensation is there to help you manage your finances and your medical care in the aftermath. However, the process of filing for and acquiring workers’ comp is not automatic. In other words, there are certain tasks you must complete to ensure your claim finds approval.
In our time serving Glendale employees with their workers’ compensation needs, we have seen many claims result in denial. Many times, denials occur because injured workers make errors when filing or following workers’ comp regulations.
Our attorneys would like to see all eligible employees get the benefits they deserve after a work injury. As such, we want to offer you a few tips to improve your odds of filing a successful claim.
Report your injury right away
In California, injured workers have up to 30 days in which to report an injury to their supervisors in writing. However, it is best to report the incident officially right away, even if you feel fine. Early reporting ensures that you face fewer obstacles with your claim.
Seek a medical opinion right away
You may not think your injuries are severe enough to warrant a medical opinion, but with some injuries, symptoms may take days or weeks to appear. An early medical assessment can pinpoint potential injuries and help you prove that you were harmed while working.
Follow your doctor’s orders
To improve your odds of a successful workers’ compensation claim, always do what your doctor tells you to do. Failure to follow doctor’s orders can put your health and your claim at risk.
Be accurate with documentation
You will have to complete certain forms before your claim is approved. Make sure to complete these forms accurately and on time to help with approval.
If you do not understand the forms or the filing process because English is not your native language, please consider reaching out for assistance from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. You can learn more about filing a successful claim by browsing more of our website.