Norwalk Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Norwalk, California is a city in Los Angeles County. Like any other city, it thrives because of its dedicated workforce. Those workers committed to their city deserve to feel safe and protected at work. Unfortunately, work-related injuries are far too common in even the safest work environments. If you sustain a work-related injury, you may be entitled to benefits under California’s workers’ compensation laws. The law requires employers to pay eligible workers for their medical treatment, lost wages, and other benefits relating to their work injury. However, an injured worker must first complete the proper paperwork to submit a claim for approval.
Even the most minor injury can snowball into a complicated workers’ compensation claim. Insurance companies are hardly ever eager to pay injured workers the full amount of compensation they deserve. If you are dealing with a complicated claim, consider consulting a California workers’ compensation lawyer. At KCNS Law Group, we understand how overwhelming it can be to tackle a workers’ compensation claim on your own. Our attorneys have over forty years of experience helping injured workers fight for the compensation they deserve.
How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in California
There is a three-step process to filing a workers’ compensation claim in California.
- Reporting the injury
- Filing the claim with your employer
- Filing an application for adjudication of claim with the Workers’ Comp Appeals Board
As soon as you sustain an injury at work, it’s essential to seek medical attention. If it’s an emergency, you can go anywhere for medical care. However, it’s crucial to seek medical attention from your employer’s insurance network provider if you can. Once you are at the doctor, you must inform them that your injury or condition is work-related.
Immediately after receiving the necessary medical attention for your injury, you need to report the injury to your employer. It’s possible to lose your right to workers’ comp benefits if written notice isn’t given to your employer within thirty days after the initial date the injury occurred.
Within one working day after reporting the injury or condition to your employer, they should give you the workers’ comp claim form (Form DWC-1). They should also inform you about your worker’s rights and potential eligibility for benefits.
Apart from filing Form DWC-1, it’s also necessary to file an application for adjudication of claim. While your employer’s insurance may have started payments for medical and temporary disability benefits, it doesn’t guarantee they will continue the payments to cover the total amount of expenses and losses due to your injury. Disagreements about the extent of damage caused by injury are not uncommon when dealing with insurance companies. Filing an application for adjudication of claim with the workers’ comp appeal board ensures that you can dispute any offers that seem unjust.
California Workers’ Compensation Benefits
California has a no-fault workers’ compensation system meant to benefit employees and employers. Workers cannot sue their employers in court, and employees don’t have to prove that their employer was at fault for the injury. They do, however, have to prove the injury was work-related. California workers are entitled to the following benefits under workers’ compensation.
Any costs associated with the medical expenses resulting from the injury are covered under workers’ comp as long as the injury is work-related. These costs include:
- Initial medical treatment
- Medical evaluation
- Medical treatments
- Medical aid devices
- Transportation costs to seek medical treatments
As long as it is proven that the injury is work-related and there is proper documentation of expenses, workers’ comp benefits should cover the expenses. An experienced attorney can help ensure you keep all the needed evidence to prove your claim.
Temporary Disability Payments
An injured worker receives temporary disability benefits when the injury prevents them from working or limits how much they can work. Payments are based on two-thirds of the average weekly wage of a worker. Temporary disability payments also have a state-mandated weekly maximum depending on the date of the injury.
Permanent Disability Payments
Workers whose injury affects their ability to work or participate in the job market are eligible for permanent disability payments. The amount they receive depends on their permanent disability rating provided by their doctor. The rating varies depending on the injury sustained, the worker’s age, the worker’s occupation, and the doctor’s restriction.
Life Pension Payments
For workers left severely disabled, those with a permanent disability rating between 70%-99% can also receive the life pension payment for their entire life.
Vocational Retraining Costs
Also known as Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit, this benefit is available to workers who can no longer return to their previous job. This benefit is for workers whose employer didn’t offer them an alternative or modified employment. A worker can receive a retraining benefit voucher of 6,000 dollars for education-related retraining at a state-approved school.
Death benefits are owed to the dependents or spouses of workers killed while engaging in work-related activities. These benefits include coverage of burial expenses.
Hire KCNS Law Group’s Experienced Norwalk Workers’ Comp Lawyers
At KCNS Law Group, our accomplished team of lawyers has dedicated their careers to advocating for our injured clients. Our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience necessary to connect your injury or condition to your work conditions and duties. We know how to strategically position you and your claim for a successful workers’ compensation outcome. KCNS Law Group has handled complex litigation on expensive claims, forcing insurance companies to pay the just and maximum amount due to our clients. To work with passionate lawyers dedicated to helping you receive full compensation for your work-related injury, contact us here or call (818) 937-9255.
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