Workers’ compensation exists to help cover your medical treatment if you sustain injuries at work. In addition, you may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages while you heal from your injury.
If you experience an injury at work, the following steps will help you when you submit a claim. Delays in reporting your injury or submitting your claim may result in a delay of your benefits or even a claim denial.
1. Tell your employer about your injury
According to California’s Department of Industrial Relations website, the first thing you should do is report your injury to your employer. Failure to report your injury within 30 days may cause you to lose any benefits you are eligible for.
If you experience an illness that you cannot like to your job right away, be sure to report it as soon as you realize the connection.
2. Get treatment for your injury
If needed, get emergency treatment for your injury right away. It is important to let the medical staff know that your injury is work-related so they can make the appropriate documentation on your chart.
If your injury does not necessitate emergency treatment, be sure to visit a doctor as soon as possible.
3. File a claim for workers’ compensation
As soon as is feasible, you should file a claim for workers’ compensation. Once you file a claim, your employer must provide you with medical care. This is true regardless of your employment status or citizenship. Some people avoid filing claims because they feel like they will not qualify, but workers’ compensation is available to most workers in California.
Following these steps is a crucial part of receiving benefits as soon as possible.