If you’re like many California workers, you may have signed a bunch of stuff when you were hired, but didn’t necessarily pay attention to the fine print on some of the documents. Especially regarding workplace injuries, it is not uncommon for a worker to suffer an injury on the job, but not really know what to do in the aftermath of a workplace accident. The workers’ compensation program protects injured workers, but the system can be difficult to navigate.
A main concern of many workers is whether they will lose their jobs because of their injuries. While employers reserve the right to terminate a worker at any time, there are laws in place that protect unlawful termination due to a work-related injury. An employee concerned about such issues can discuss his or her case with an experienced employment law attorney.
If you suffer injury on the job, you are protected under California workers’ compensation law. Health care is expensive, which is why it is important that you immediately report your injury to your employer. The benefits available to you through your employer’s workers’ comp insurance can be used to help pay medical expenses, as well as to replace lost wages if you need to take time off work during recovery.
At the Law Office of Gary C. Nelson, in California, you can seek clarification of state laws regarding workplace injuries, and be confident that you will receive strong support while processing your benefits claim, especially if any complications or obstacles arise regarding an initial claim denial. You may be eligible for temporary or permanent disability benefits as well, depending on the extent of your injuries. You also have a right to choose your own doctor, even if your employer has recommended another. If you’re in need of legal support following a workplace accident, you can request a meeting at any time.