Workers’ Compensation Claims: Steps To Take After An Injury
Our founding attorney, Esequiel (Zeke) Solorio, cares about you and your work-related injuries. Occupational Injury Law Center, located in Modesto, is dedicated to helping injured workers with their workers’ compensation claims. If you have been injured in a work-related accident, or are suffering from an illness that is a result of your job, we can help you determine your next steps for compensation. Meanwhile, if you get hurt at work, there are some important steps to take right away.
California Law: Workers’ Comp Claims
In California, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ comp insurance covers medical treatment and disability benefits for lost wages if you have been injured or become ill as a direct result of your employment.
What To Do After A Work-Related Injury Or Illness
If you got into an accident and suffered an injury at work, or became ill because of your job, there are immediate and important steps that you should take:
- Report your accident, injury or illness to your supervisor as soon as possible
- Get medical treatment as soon as possible (emergency or otherwise if necessary)
- File the DWC-1 claim form that was provided by your supervisor by giving it back to your supervisor or employer
Filing the claim form starts the workers’ compensation claim process. Your employer is required to provide you with the form within one working day of learning about your injury, accident or illness. The form will be filed with the workers’ compensation insurance company, and a claims administrator will review your claim. If the administrator accepts your claim, you will get additional information about your workers’ compensation benefits.
The steps you take after getting injured in a workplace accident or discovering a work-related illness are important. A failure to take appropriate action after you have been hurt or injured at work could result in a denial of your workers’ comp claim.
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An injury or illness must be reported to your employer within 30 days, or you could lose the right to workers’ compensation benefits. If you have been injured or become ill because of a work-related incident, don’t wait. Call Occupational Injury Law Center today at 209-846-3458 or email us using the online form to schedule your initial, free consultation with our attorney, Esequiel (Zeke) Solorio.