If you work in a California industry that is known to be dangerous, such as construction, agriculture or commercial fishing, you are at risk for injury on the job. However, even if you work behind a desk in an office, it does not necessarily mean you will never suffer workplace injuries. In fact, many workers suffer debilitating pain that prevents them from returning to work because of issues such as repetitive strain injury (RSI).
Do you know what to do if you’re involved in an on-the-job accident or develop an RSI over time? Most workers are aware that workers’ compensation insurance exists, but they aren’t sure of the proper steps to take to file a claim if they suffer workplace injuries. Whether you suffer an injury when a heavy object falls on you, a collision occurs or you start having pain and inflammation in your extremities after 10 years on the job, the most important immediate concern is to seek medical attention.
You should also report the injury to your employer. Your employer has hopefully fulfilled the obligation to provide proper training, information and safety equipment to help reduce your risk for injuries. If not, then that is another issue you may want to address.
Workplace injuries can have long-lasting effects; some are so severe they can keep you from returning to the workplace. In such cases, you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Any time you file a claim to collect benefits, you run the risk of an insurance company trying to deny the claim. In the past, many workers who were initially denied benefits were able to get all they were entitled to upon appeal.
The Law Office of Gary C. Nelson, in California, is committed to providing strong legal support to employees who have suffered workplace injuries. Our experienced legal team can make sure you understand your rights and can help determine a best course of action in a specific set of circumstances. Our legal team can make sure you get appropriate medical care and vocational rehabilitation as needed. Navigating the workers’ compensation system is a lot less stressful when you have someone who is ready to go to bat for you to fight a claim denial or help overcome legal issues that arise in applying for temporary or permanent disability benefits.