In California, the workers’ compensation law provides a legal framework for the types and amount of benefits a worker might be entitled to if and when they are injured or suffer an illness while on the job. Sometimes a work injury or illness is minor, but in other instances, a serious injury or illness can be debilitating and can cause significant financial hardship for both workers and their families. If you’ve been injured on the job, or you’re suffering from a job-related illness, it is important to seek medical treatment and report your injury or illness to your employer right away. However, it is also important to consider hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer early on in the process in order to preserve your rights to the benefits you need and deserve. Experienced California Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Albert E. Hirst, III, can help you with your workers’ compensation claim for benefits including:
- Medical care
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent disability benefits
- Supplemental job displacement benefits
- Death benefits
In addition to determining the benefits to which you might be entitled, a knowledgeable California Workers’ Compensation Lawyer can help you through the claims process. As mentioned above, you should not hesitate to let your employer know about your work-related injury or illness. The sooner you report the situation to your employer, the better because it helps prevent unnecessary delay in obtaining medical treatment or disability benefits. Moreover, if you fail to report your injury or illness in a timely manner, you risk the possibility that your claim will be denied.
When you let your employer know about your injury or illness, your employer must provide you with a workers’ compensation claim form within one day of your report. But if you do not receive a form, in most instances, a California Workers’ Compensation Lawyer can provide one for you and can help you fill out the form completely. Once your completed form is submitted to your employer, it is possible that you will receive authorization of up to $10,000 in medical treatment payments while a claims administrator reviews your claim.
While the concept of workers’ compensation may seem basic, and there are instances where some claims are straight-forward and uncomplicated, on many occasions, complexities arise in workers’ compensation cases. When this happens, it is important to seek out an attorney right away.
The following are some examples of the complicated situations that warrant representation by an attorney:
- If you sustain injuries that result in permanent total disability or permanent partial disability, insurance companies may be less than willing to cover your lost wages and other expenses;
- If your employer denies your claim or you do not receive your benefits in a timely manner;
- If you have a claim against a potential third party;
- If your employer retaliates against you for filing a claim;
- If your settlement offer doesn’t cover all of your expenses or lost wages;
- If your injury or illness prevents you from returning to work or from doing any work at all.
No matter what your situation, an attorney can assist you by making sure deadlines are met and that all the proper forms are filed. In addition, an experienced and dedicated workers’ compensation attorney will work hard to make sure your rights are protected and can help you obtain the best possible results in your case.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in San Bernardino & Hemet
If you’ve been injured on the job in the San Bernardino, Hemet, or Inland Empire areas, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney Albert E. Hirst, III, has the dedication, knowledge, and the resources necessary to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Call us today at (909) 885-7190 to schedule your free consultation and learn what we can do for you.