After a work injury, does the doctor you see make a difference in the treatment you receive? What are you supposed to do while you can’t work due to your injury? When are workers’ compensation benefits available? How much will they cover?
At Glauber Berenson Vego, we frequently hear these questions from injured workers across the San Gabriel Valley and Greater Los Angeles Area. As experienced and compassionate Workers’ Compensation attorneys, we have made it our mission to ensure you understand your rights and the nuances of filing a worker’s compensation claim in Glendale.
Our goal is not only to help you navigate the system and recover the benefits you are owed but also to assist you in accessing treatment, getting back on your feet, and moving forward with your life.
After a workplace accident or work-related injury, there are several steps you should take to protect your health and your rights:
If you would like to learn more about what to do after a work-related injury, visit our page on What You Need to Know After an Accident at Work here.
Like every state, California has its own set of laws governing Workers’ Compensation. The California Workers’ Compensation system is a no-fault system that allows injured employees to recover specific monetary benefits when they suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. Because it’s a no-fault system, injured employees do not need to prove that an employer (or another party) was negligent or otherwise at fault for the injury or illness; they only need to prove that the injury occurred at work or due to employment. In other words, if you are injured while carrying out any activities that benefit your employer, you are covered by workers’ compensation.
In California, almost every employer must have workers’ compensation insurance, meaning nearly every employee is covered. The vast majority of California workers are covered by Workers’ Compensation. Only those deems to be independant contractors are not covered.
Workers’ compensation benefits in California are paid either by an employer’s private insurance carrier or the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF). Nearly all employers are required to offer workers’ compensation insurance, but if your employer does not have proper insurance, and you are injured on the job, you can receive benefits from the Uninsured Employer’s Benefit Trust Fund (UEBTF).
After a work-related injury or illness, you can obtain treatment from a list of doctors selected by your employer’s insurance company. Who you select matters! Some physicians may push to get you back to work before you are ready. This can result in subsequent injuries and a longer recovery process.
At Glauber Berenson Vego, our Glendale attorneys can guide you to the best available doctor based on your injury or help secure a referral to a specialist when needed.
While you are recovering from your injury, whether you are able to work or not, you need to follow through with recommended treatments, such as physical and occupational therapy. You also need to keep your doctor informed of what you can and cannot do.
Workers’ compensation claims generally include temporary disability payments to provide financial stability while you are unable to work. If you are eligible and how long you can receive temporary disability payments varies based on your unique situation. We can answer your specific benefit questions after reviewing your unique circumstances.
The state’s Workers’ Compensation system pays specific financial benefits to eligible employees. These include:
To learn more about Workers’ Compensation benefits and what payments you may be entitled to receive, contact our Glendale Workers’ Compensation attorneys today and set up a free, no-obligation consuFltation.
When you turn to Glauber Berenson Vego for help with your claim, you are assigned a team of professionals dedicated to you and your case. This team is made up of a case coordinator and an attorney.
Together, they will work to guide you through the process of filing your claim and navigating any issues or disputes that may arise.
At Glauber Berenson Vego, we can help you learn more about the common practices and the process of obtaining your benefits.
If you have any questions about filing your workers’ compensation claim, what to expect when you work with our firm, or about the workers’ compensation system as a whole, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Glendale team today.
Get the treatment and benefits you need to recover from a workplace injury; reach out to Glauber Berenson Vego today for help with your workers’ compensation claim.
We have multiple offices located in Glendale, Downey, and Los Angeles and proudly represent clients throughout Los Angeles County. Our team provides services in English, Spanish, and Farsi and we do not collect any fees until we recover compensation on your behalf.