How Do I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Report any job-related injury to your employer as soon as you can. Your employer should give or mail you a claim form within one business day after you report the injury. Complete the form and return it to your employer. A workers’ compensation claims adjuster will then be assigned to your case.

Are Other Benefits Available?

Surviving family members are entitled to a death benefit when an employee dies from a job-related injury. In addition, employees with a permanent disability who cannot resume former employment and who are not offered a new job with their employer can receive a voucher for job retraining.

How Are Permanent Disability Benefits Computed?

You will receive a disability rating that is based on a P&S report. Claims adjusters and a Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer frequently disagree as to what the disability rating should be. The rating is based on several factors, including your age, the degree of your disability, and reduction of your future earning capacity. The … Read More

What is a P&S Report?

When your physician determines that your injuries have become permanent and stationary (P&S), the physician writes a P&S Report that describes the lasting impairment, including any lasting pain, caused by the injury. The P&S Report also itemizes any limitations on work that the impairment causes, states whether the employee is able to return to his … Read More

What Are Permanent Disability Benefits?

Permanent disability benefits are paid after an injury becomes “permanent and stationary.” Permanent means the injury will cause a lasting impairment. Stationary means the injury has stopped healing and has healed as much as it ever will. Whether an injury has become permanent and stationary is usually determined by your treating physician. Most permanent disabilities … Read More

What Are Temporary Disability Benefits?

Temporary disability benefits are a form of income replacement. The benefits pay two-thirds of your wages, subject to a minimum and maximum amount, during the time you are unable to work due to a job-related injury. Since the benefits are not taxed, they may be similar to your take-home pay after taxes are deducted. Temporary … Read More

Can I See My Own Doctor?

If you have health insurance that is not provided by your employer, you may be able to predesignate a physician who will treat your job-related injuries. You need to do that before you are injured. There should be a poster displayed in your place of employment that explains how to predesignate a physician. If you … Read More

Will All My Medical Bills Be Paid by Workers’ Compensation?

The California legislature has imposed limits on the number of chiropractic or physical therapy sessions for which workers’ compensation will pay. In addition, a claims adjuster may disagree with a doctor about the appropriateness of ongoing care. When that happens, the injured worker should usually seek the guidance of a Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer.

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