Workers’ compensation, commonly called workers’ comp, protects injured workers’ right to receive medical care and other benefits after being injured on the job. In California, the Division of Workers’ Compensation provides information and assistance related to workplace injuries, workers’ compensation claims, and procedures for resolving disputes.
If you have been hurt on the job, you may receive direction from human resources personnel and medical care professionals. To protect your legal rights, it is also advisable for you to seek a lawyer’s advice and guidance. This is especially important when injuries are serious or catastrophic such as those involving brain injuries, toxic mold, or the wrongful death of a loved one.
Workplace injuries often bring pain and hardship to employees who depend on their jobs for their livelihood. For your sake after suffering a one-time accident or developing a medical condition through repeated actions on the job, follow the rules for getting your claim underway. Namely:
Report your injury to your employer as soon as it has happened or as soon as you know about it.
Get emergency medical treatment if necessary, and do your best to follow doctors’ orders.
An attorney’s guidance can also help you address any dispute with your employer, a workers’ compensation insurer, or a medical care provider.
At Verdieck Chambers, California workers’ compensation law is our sole area of practice. We are ready to advise and advocate for you in any of these situations:
Your employer or their insurer denies your claim, perhaps by insisting that you are not covered because you are a contractor, a part-time worker, or a non-U.S. citizen.
You encounter resistance when you ask to work with your own doctor or another medical care provider of your choice.
A doctor or insurer says you are ready to return to work before you feel physically ready.
You believe your temporary disability (time off work) payments are late or too low.
You wonder whether to accept a workers’ comp insurer’s offer of a settlement for a permanent disability, such as loss of sight in one eye or the amputation of a finger.
Our lawyers have spent their entire careers in San Diego and are familiar with the medical care community in this area. We are available to answer your questions in a free initial consultation and protect your rights to appropriate relief through workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury. Call 619-695-1286 or email us.
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