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FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO WHEN FILING YOUR WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIM THAT YOUR EMPLOYER DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

You should never forget to inform your employer of your work-related injury

Notice sign Concerning the reporting of your work-related injury, the California workers’ compensation system requires you to do two things: give your employer written notice of your work-related injury within 30 days of the date of your injury and you need to file the claim.


You should never exaggerate the extent of your work-related injury

Work related injury If you feel the need to exaggerate the extent of your injuries to ensure that you will get your full benefit amount or to prevent having your claim denied, DON’T! It’s important that you are truthful about your injuries. Remember, at some point, you will see a trained medical professional about your injuries (i.e. a doctor). A doctor may doubt your authenticity when talking about pain or disability if you are exaggerating your injuries. A doctor may also make an incorrect diagnosis or assessment if you are exaggerating your injuries.


You should never accept a medical opinion about your work-related injury that you don’t agree with

Medical opinion Your employer has the right to choose the medical provider who will oversee and treat you for your work-related injuries. You may or may not be satisfied with that doctor’s medical opinion about your work-related injury. If you do not agree, notify your employer immediately to resolve the issue. If you cannot resolve the dispute, you have the right to contest your case. You do not want to have a medical opinion you don’t agree with and that could negatively affect your compensation. Moreover, you don’t want to continue receiving medical care you don’t agree with.


You should never settle for a lower amount than you are entitled to

Compensation As an injured worker, you’re entitled to payment for the total cost of your medical care and treatment and lost income if you miss work. Types of disability benefits include temporary total, temporary partial, healing period, permanent partial, permanent total, secondary injury fund, and vocational rehabilitation benefits. If you think that you’re entitled to a benefit amount that you’ve been denied, you don’t have to settle. Instead, you can hire an attorney who can help you appeal your workers’ compensation claim.


You should never hesitate to hire a competent attorney

Firm logo Ideally, an employee would be able to go to work, perform their tasks in a safe and efficient manner, and go home at the end of an uneventful day. Unfortunately, this is not always how things work in the real world. Job-related injuries and illnesses may happen suddenly or develop gradually over time, leaving an employee unable to work and in need of medical attention. If you have been injured on the job or have developed a work-related illness, the Orange County workers compensation lawyers at Howard Law, P.C. can help you assert your right to medical care, disability payments, and other benefits under California workers’ compensation laws. We don’t get paid unless we win your case. SE HABLA ESPAÑOL


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