The Workers’ Compensation Process In California
People in California who have suffered work-related injuries face a complex, impersonal process that makes it extremely difficult to obtain adequate compensation for work-related injuries.
We are here to help. At The Law Office of Gary C. Nelson in Modesto, we understand how impersonal and complex the process can be, so we want to personally make sure you get the medical care you deserve as well as fair compensation for any long-term care needs you may have. Our goal is to provide you with personalized service during a very impersonal process so that you have an advocate.
Helping You Through The Complex Workers’ Compensation Process
If you have never experienced the workers’ compensation process before, it can be overwhelming. However, when we are helping you through the various steps of the process and explaining things as you go along, it is not nearly as daunting. Our lawyers can help you through every step of the process, including:
- Initial claim: It is important to notify your employer as soon as you are aware that you suffered an injury.
- Investigations: Your employer and insurance company will investigate your claim. This part of the process will include medical assessments. If your claim is accepted, you will be assessed again to determine the extent of long-term medical care that you will need.
- Acceptance: If your claim is accepted, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer to make sure you obtain the maximum benefits available, including job retraining vouchers if needed.
- Denial/appeals: Denied workers’ compensation claims are common. We can help you file an appeal and represent you in hearings before the workers’ compensation appeals board.
- District Court: If your claim is denied by the workers’ compensation appeals board, we can take your case to the U.S. Court of Appeals and higher. We have won cases that have been published by the Supreme Court of California.
If you have been denied benefits that you need, and there is urgency in the situation, we can also help you file for an expedited hearing.