Workers Compensation Lawyers and Attorneys in Los Angeles County Workers Claims
Suffering a serious injury on the job can be life changing for many workers and their families. In Los Angeles County and the state of California, most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance, which provides benefits to injured workers in the event of an accident. If you are a worker who has been injured or sickened by hazardous materials on the job, you may be able to receive these workers’ compensation benefits from your employer.
What You Need to Know
As an employee, you have certain legal rights if you get injured or if you become ill in the process of doing your job. Here are a few things you should know about workplace accidents/illnesses and your rights:
- Under California law, your employer must pay medical expenses if you get injured on the job. This is true whether or not you take time off work.
- You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if you are not a full-time employee.
- You may be eligible for workers’ compensation even if you are an “independent contractor.”
- You do not have to be a legal resident of the United States to receive a number of workers’ compensation benefits. In other words, you may be eligible for these benefits in Los Angeles County even if you are an undocumented worker.
- You are entitled to these benefits regardless of who was at fault for your workplace injury.
- It is against the law for your employer to punish or fire you, or retaliate against you in any way for requesting workers’ compensation benefits for an on-the-job injury.
Steps You Need To Take
If you have suffered an injury on the job, it is crucial that you report your injury as soon as possible to request and receive workers’ compensation benefits. To do so, you need to get medical treatment promptly. Report your injury or illness as soon as the accident occurs or as soon as you begin to experience symptoms.
Once you have notified your employer, they must provide you with a workers’ comp claim form within one working day. Then, submit your completed form to the insurance company. It is best to fill out this form with the help of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Failure to properly fill out claim forms is one of the leading causes of claim denials. The insurance company should send you a status report within two weeks.
What Benefits Can You Receive?
If you have been injured on the job, you may be able to receive the following benefits by filing a workers’ compensation claim:
- Medical expenses to treat your work-related injury or illness.
- Job displacement benefits if you don’t completely recover from your injuries.
- Temporary disability benefits when you are unable to work due to your injury.
- Weekly or lump-sum disability payments, if you’ve suffered a permanent injury on the job.
- Death benefits to surviving family members.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on the job or if you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, please contact the experienced Los Angeles County workers’ compensation attorneys at the ODG Law Group. We will help guide you through what can be a complex process so you can recover from your injuries in peace and receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.