Workers’ compensation benefits are to help employees who sustained a work-related injury or illness. Many accident victims wonder whether there is a maximum amount of compensation or limits to what treatments they can pursue. Generally, there is no cap on workers’ compensation medical benefits in California as long as you are receiving necessary medical care.
Workers’ compensation benefits can be challenging to understand. When navigating this process, having the assistance of an attorney will be beneficial. In California, the KCNS Law Group is an excellent source of legal representation when pursuing workers’ compensation benefits.
Remember that you might not be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if your injury or illness occurred when you were off the clock, commuting to work, or intentionally harming yourself. Additionally, there are other steps you must take to ensure you receive benefits, such as notifying your employer within 30 days of the accident.
If the injury or illness happened on the clock and resulted from your job duties and meets all the requirements, you might be eligible for compensation. This might include medical expenses, lost wages, ongoing care costs, or funeral expenses.
Workers’ compensation might cover the following medical expenses:
In addition to medical expenses, workers’ compensation may also cover lost wages. Depending on the accident, you may be out of work without pay. You still have bills to pay, such as a mortgage, phone bill, and electricity. Workers’ compensation may supplement your income while you recover.
You can file a workers’ compensation claim in California for any injury that requires more than first aid or more time off than the day of injury. Labor Code Section 5400 requires you to notify your employer in writing within 30 days of the injury. However, we recommend notifying a supervisor immediately.
Your employer will then provide you with a claim form that you must complete and return as soon as possible. On the form, you will state details about the accident and sign the document. Details should include:
Once you complete the form, your employer will then send it to the insurance company for review. At this point, the insurer might contact you and ask for more information regarding the accident. When speaking to them, only provide facts about the accident. Never make assumptions, and do not talk about your injuries.
If you are filing workers’ compensation benefits in California, do not hesitate to contact the KCNS Law Group. Our workers’ compensation attorneys will stop at nothing to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your work-related injuries or illness. To learn more about our services, schedule a free consultation today by calling (818) 937-9255 or complete our online contact form.