Workplace injuries can result in deep financial difficulties for the worker. That’s why it’s essential that you try to get the maximum possible compensation for the work injury.
If you have been injured at the workplace, you can maximize the compensation benefits by remembering these fundamental facts.
1. Report the Work Injury Immediately
You should report the work injury to the employer soon after the injury. Workers are required to report their injuries before a certain deadline. In California, the time limit for reporting the injury is 30 days after knowing about the injury.
If you do not report the injury within the time limit, you might lose your right to compensation.
Also, there is a deadline for filing the compensation form to officially begin the claim process. The time limit for filing worker compensation claim in California is one to five years after an injury. Again, you will lose the right to the compensation claim, if you do not officially submit the compensation claim form within the time limit.
2. Follow the Advice of the Doctor
Another important tip to maximize the compensation for work injuries is to follow all the advice the doctor gives regarding treatment of the injury. If the insurance company thinks that you have not completely followed instructions of your physician, you may be denied compensation benefits. To avoid this problem, it’s essential that you precisely following the instructions of your doctor regarding the treatment plan.
3. Appeal Denial of Benefits
Keep in mind that insurance companies are for-profit companies. They will usually deny legitimate claims of the workers to save money. You have the legal right to appeal the denial of any benefits from the insurance company. After filling an appeal, most workers end up receiving the denied benefits.
4. Get Help of a Legal Professional
While getting the help of an attorney is not necessary to receive compensation benefits, you can increase the odds of receiving the maximum possible compensation benefits by hiring a skilled attorney. An attorney who is familiar with Workers’ Compensation law can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to maximize the compensation benefits.
5. Maintain a Paper Trail
Maintain copies of all the paperwork regarding the work injury compensation process. You should keep a record of the accident report, submitted forms, and letters received from the employer and the insurance company. Also, you should keep a record of all the medical bills related to the treatment of the work injury. Maintaining a paper trail is important for approval and payment of the worker compensation claim.
Attorney Albert E Hirst is Southern California’s leading workers’ compensation law firm. Our experienced legal team is committed to offering the best possible services to injured workers in getting their benefits. If you reside in San Bernardino, Hemet, Inland Empire, or surrounding areas, you can contact us today at (909) 885-7190 for a no-obligation review of your case regarding your workers’ compensation claim.