When injured on the work site or facility, there can be a great deal of confusion about what exactly to do and when to do it. The injury itself needs to take precedence, as seeking help immediately is the first and foremost action needed. After help is obtained, a worker should be keenly aware of the workers’ compensation process, in order to ensure fairness and legal protection. Any California worker should be aware of his or her rights, and the process in general.
The first step is to make a claim by letting an employer know of an injury as soon as it occurs. This is for the protection of the employee and the employer also. An investigation will then take place by both the insurance company and the employer. This will determine an assessment of medical needs. This part of the process is vital, as getting all medical needs taken care of should be paramount.
If a claim is then accepted, it is important to know what the maximum benefits should be and how to ensure that those benefits are granted. If a claim is denied, it is not necessarily the end of the story. An appeal can successfully overturn that denial and ensure that a worker gets the benefits he or she needs in order to move forward with recovery and hopefully return to work one day.
Knowing your rights and possible benefits is part of protecting yourself when you are injured at work. No one should blindly enter into the workers’ compensation process without a clear grasp on the laws and rights that can have a profound impact on that worker’s life and health. Our firm is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information online so that workers know what to expect in California and how to reach out for help if those expectations are not met.