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How to Make Sure You're Paid Workers' Comp In California

How to Make Sure You're Paid Workers' Comp In California

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 2-Mar-2017

If you find yourself unable to work for an extended period of time after an on the job injury, one of the best ways to support yourself and your family is to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, if you’ve never filed a claim before, you may be unaware of the potential obstacles you may face and the different way your insurer will seek to limit your payout or deny your claim.

Fortunately, by following a few simple steps, you can make sure that your claim goes through and you receive your benefits. Learn the steps you need to take to make sure you’re paid your California workers’ compensation and get advice for fighting a denial with legal help.

The Importance of Medical Treatment

The first thing on your mind after suffering a workplace injury is often what medical treatment you’ll need to recover from your injury. What you might not realize, however, is that seeking medical treatment is also one of the most important things that you can do to ensure that you receive your workers’ compensation benefits.

Undergoing a medical examination will both show that you're dedicated to your recovery and will provide value evidence if the workers’ comp insurance company decides to challenge the severity of your injuries. Be aware, however, that you need to follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations to the letter. Anytime treatment is discontinued, it can be a sign to the insurer that your injury was not severe enough to deserve California workers’ compensation.

Reporting Everything

If your workers’ compensation drags their feet on your benefits or outright tries to deny your claim, you will need a large amount of evidence to prove your case, which means you need to document absolutely everything related to your workplace injury.

First, you must be certain that you’ve notified your employer of your injury as soon as it has occurred, as well as your intention to file a workers’ compensation claim. Waiting even a day to report your injury can cause your claim to be denied.

Second, you should record every piece of information about your accident possible. Picture evidence, statements from eyewitnesses and a detailed report of how and when you were injured can all be invaluable if you have to fight your insurer for your benefits.

Hiring an Attorney to Deal with the Insurance Company

While attempting to receive workers’ compensation benefits, it’s likely that you’re going to have to interact with your insurer, which proves stressful for many people. If you’re worried about dealing with your workers’ compensation insurance company, it’s a good idea to consult with a workers’ comp attorney.

For example, a good attorney will understand the importance of giving consistent statements to your insurer, as well as the necessity of giving limited access to your medical records. Also, having an attorney present is vital if your insurance company has requested a recorded statement.
Categories: Personal Injury