Following a workplace accident, it is extremely important that you get medical attention and report your injury to your employer. It can be confusing to navigate the process of getting workers’ compensation benefits on your own, but the sooner you inform your employer about the issue, the easier it will be to gather the important paperwork and protect your legal right to a claim.
In general, there are four primary things that injured workers in California are entitled to after a workplace accident, or the development of a workplace illness. These include:
- Temporary disability payments for up to two years.
- Permanent disability payments, if you become fully unable to work due to the incident.
- Medical treatment for the condition.
- Job training or defrayment of expenses if you are unable to work for your employer in a modified or original role.
In order to protect your legal right to get these benefits you need to file your claim in a timely manner. This should be done no later than 30 days after the reported injury, and you should inform your employer immediately after the injury occurs.
You must be able to establish to an insurance company doctor that you have sustained an injury directly as a result of your work and that you are unable to continue working without medical treatment. Medical examiners appointed to these cases work for the insurance company, not on your behalf. This means that you may need to hire a San Francisco workers’ compensation lawyer to help protect your legal right to compensation.