Answers To Your Workers’ Compensation Questions
When clients first call our office or come in for a consultation, they have many questions. These are just some of the FAQs about workers’ compensation that we at the Law Office of Christina Lopez hear.
What Are Employer And Employee Obligations?
Employers in California have an obligation to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. You have an obligation to immediately report a work-related injury to your employer. Your employer must then provide you with a claim form within 24 hours. Initially, you have the right to medical coverage, even if the claim is in dispute.
Many employees do not understand their duty to report the injury. In order for you to receive benefits, your employer must notify their insurance company so that you can begin receiving benefits.
What Injuries Qualify Me For Benefits?
It is commonly understood that a physical injury resulting from a one-time incident may result in workers’ compensation benefits. However, other often overlooked injuries may also result in an employee receiving benefits. Some common injuries include:
- Physical issues such as knee, back or shoulder pain
- Respiratory illnesses or cancer from exposure to toxic substances
- Chemical burns from chemical spill or mishandling
- Injuries sustained over a prolonged time at an activity, such as carpal tunnel or other repetitive use injuries
- Mental health/psychological issues such as severe emotional distress and anxiety
There is a wide variety of injuries and illnesses that may qualify you for workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney can help you review your issues and determine the depth of coverage you should receive.
What Are Potential Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If you have a valid claim, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the following expenses:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Disability benefits
Whether you should receive any of these benefits, including for how long and how much, varies greatly. Having a knowledgeable lawyer assist you in the process can shed light on the factors considered for this determination.
Contact Me For Answers
If you have been denied an injury claim or if you are wondering if you have a workers’ compensation claim, you need to speak with an experienced attorney. Call me in Concord at 925-326-1451 or contact by email to set up an appointment.