What You Need to Know After an Accident at Work
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Getting injured on the job can be devastating. In addition to focusing on your physical recovery, you will also have to deal with medical bills, lost wages, and additional unexpected expenses related to your treatment, recovery, and well-being. But how do you start the process of receiving compensation for your injury?
Here, we have put together a helpful list of things you need to know after an accident at work or on-the-job injury. We encourage you to use this page as a resource in navigating the California workers’ compensation system and ensuring your rights are protected.
If you are dealing with any issues with your workers’ compensation claim, such as disputes with your employer or early termination of your benefits, do not hesitate to reach out to our team at Glauber Berenson Vego. We can assist you in understanding your legal options and protecting your rights, including your right to compensation after a workplace accident or job-related injury.
What Should You Do If You're Injured At Work?
While every situation is different and no two injuries are exactly alike, there are some common elements among most workplace accidents and injuries. Whether you are injured while on duty or are diagnosed with an illness or medical condition arising from your employment, there are some steps you should take to protect your health, rights, and well-being.
If you have sustained an injury while at work, you should:
- Get medical treatment. Whether you need to call 911 or visit a doctor, make sure that you get proper medical attention right away. If you are involved in a workplace accident and believe your injuries are minor or that you were not injured, you should still see a medical professional. If you notice unusual symptoms or signs of a medical condition, be sure to receive a proper diagnosis as soon as possible.
- Report the injury to your employer. Reporting an injury or illness promptly can help you greatly in the long run. Even if it is a gradual onset injury, reporting it as soon as you believe it coincides with your work duties is important. In California, you only have 30 days from the date of the injury or the date on which the injury was discovered (or reasonably could have been discovered) to report it to your employer.
- File a claim. This begins the workers’ compensation process. You should return the claim to your employer and make sure they fill out the corresponding sections. If your employer fails to file your paperwork, you can file a claim yourself. We encourage you to contact an attorney at our firm for help if your employer is disputing or delaying your claim, or if you are experiencing any other issues with your workers’ compensation claim.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. While you wait for a decision on your claim, make sure you follow your doctor’s advice and treatment recommendations, including attending follow-up appointments, submitting to further testing and analysis, and taking prescribed medications. DO NOT return to work (even at partial capacity) until instructed to do so by your doctor. You should also rest and avoid any activity that could aggravate your injury or give rise to doubts about the validity of your claim.
Whether your claim was accepted or denied can depend on several factors. Depending on your injury, you may be entitled to medical care, temporary or permanent disability benefits, or even supplemental job displacement benefits. Our attorneys can help you sort out your situation and give you advice on how to proceed, whether or not your claim was accepted or denied.
Understanding Your Rights
As an employee in the state of California, you are almost certainly eligible for workers’ compensation. This is true whether you are a full-time or part-time employee, seasonal worker, minor, or undocumented immigrant. After a work-related accident, injury, or illness, you have the right to file for workers’ compensation and seek benefits to assist you with your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs.
You also have the right to seek proper medical care. If you are having trouble finding a doctor or need help accessing treatment after a work-related accident, our attorneys at Glauber Berenson Vego can help. We are here to help you access everything you may need after being injured on the job. Our team understands the immense impact workplace accidents and injuries can have on the lives of injured workers and their families, and our goal is to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
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At Glauber Berenson Vego, our attorneys have assisted injured workers in Glendale, Pasadena, Downey, and throughout the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and Greater Los Angeles Area for more than three decades. Together, our attorneys bring nearly 100 years of collective experience to their practice, experience that they are ready to put to work for you. As a firm, we have the resources, reputation, and know-how to assist you at every stage of the legal process.
Our lawyers focus on getting you the help and compensation you need. Talk with us as soon as possible, so we can quickly get to work on your case. There is no cost for a consultation and no fees until we recover compensation for you.
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