In every state, employers are required to provide their employees a reasonably safe and healthy work environment. Sometimes employers do not fulfill this duty, and employees are injured on the job. And on occasion, employees can still be injured even when every effort has been made to make the workplace safe. These injuries may include everything from broken bones, aggravation of pre-existing conditions, occupational illnesses, cumulative-trauma injury (like carpal-tunnel syndrome) and psychological injuries. To get the justice you deserve make sure to seek out workers’ compensation attorneys Anaheim so get the help you need.
As workers’ compensation attorneys Anaheim, injured workers call us all the time asking what they need to do to protect their legal rights.
Taking the following steps will leave you reasonably sure that your rights are fully protected and you can collect the compensation to which you are entitled.
- Report the injury to your employer right away. If your injury or illness developed over time, report it as soon as you learn or believe it was caused by conditions on your job. Reporting promptly helps prevent problems and delays in receiving benefits. Further, if your employer does not learn about your injury within 30 days, and this delay prevents your employer from fully investigating the injury and how you were injured, you may lose your workers’ compensation benefits.
- If needed, get emergency treatment. Make sure you tell the health care provider treating you that the injury or illness is job related.
- Make sure you fill out the DWC 1 claim form given you by your employer. Filling out this form starts the process of finding all your benefits under state law. If your employer does not give you this form, you can download your own copy here.
- Keep records of all significant contacts you have with anyone, such as supervisors, insurance company representatives and doctors, concerning your work injury or illness.
- Follow all medical directions. If you do not, your employer may argue that you purposely stayed injured or sick so that you did not have to go back to work.
Remember that under California law all employers are required to either purchase a workers’ compensation insurance policy or become self-insured.
If you have been injured or gotten sick on the job and need legal assistance, call us today. As workers’ compensation attorneys Anaheim we will work to ensure that your rights are fully protected and you receive the financial compensation to which you are entitled.