Employers have a duty to provide a reasonably safe working environment for their employees. However, there are still several thousand work-related accidents that occur in the United States each year. If you have been injured at work, one of the most important first steps you should take is to make sure the accident has been reported.
KCNS Law Group is a team of experienced worker’s compensation lawyers helping victims in California make sure they are appropriately compensated for the injuries they have suffered. It is your employer’s responsibility to report a workplace accident to the Department of Labor. If your employer does not report your accident, it is up to you to take action to ensure you are awarded the worker’s compensation benefits you may be owed.
In California, you must report a workplace accident to your employer up to 30 days after the accident occurs. From there, it is up to your employer to report your accident in order to allow you to receive the worker’s compensation benefits you are owed. The quicker you report the incident to your employer, the sooner they will be able to get your claim to the Department of Labor. If it has been some time since you reported the incident to your employer and you have not heard anything regarding worker’s compensation benefits, you should check in with your employer to make sure they have either filed or plan to file your claim.
If your employer does not report your workplace accident, you should reach out to the California Department of Labor and Workforce Development. From there, they will help you through the process of filing the correct forms, typically a WC-14, to help you in the process of getting the compensation you are owed. Additionally, it is crucial that you contact a California worker’s compensation lawyer who may be able to help with your claim.
Under California law, workers who are injured while on the job are entitled to receive the following worker’s compensation benefits:
If you need help obtaining the worker’s compensation benefits you may be owed, an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer may be able to assist you.
The workplace should be a safe place, but accidents may occur when they are least expected. If you have been in a workplace accident that your employer will not report, get help with your claim from a California worker’s compensation lawyer.
KCNS Law Group has over 40 years of combined experience helping clients seeking worker’s compensation benefits in California. Our award-winning legal team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized and dedicated representation you deserve. To set up a free consultation, contact us here or call (877) 513-9007.