Frequently asked questions
Understanding how workers compensation works
WORK RELATED INJURIES
In California, everyday thousands of people experience work-related injuries daily that can lead to loss of wages, disability, loss of employment, and in some cases even fatalities. The RSnyder Law Firm will fight to get you the benefits you deserve to heal, get back to work and move on with your life. We will work diligently to ensure that your injury or illness does not go unrecognized or uncompensated and that your needs are tended to as quickly as and as compassionately as possible.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED OR HAVE BECOME ILL DUE TO WORK?
The most important concern is seeking medical attention for any injury beyond first aid. If a Band Aid will not fix the injury, immediate medical attention is essential! It is important to report the incident or the development of illness immediately to a supervisor. It is advised to report this within 30 days of the incident or illness, by doing so you can help prevent delays or even denial of the benefits you deserve including medical care. If an injury is not reported within this 30 day period and your employer cannot thoroughly investigate the matter, you may lose your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits- the clock is ticking.
WHAT IS WORKERS COMPENSATION?
Workers compensation is the system in California by which employers have insurance to care for employees who become injured at work. Under California law, if you have suffered a work-related injury or illness you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits provided by your employer through their workers’ compensation insurance.
WHAT KINDS OF INJURIES OR ILLNESSES COULD LEAD TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS?
While the injuries and illnesses that lead to filing a claim may vary according to the details of the case, some of the more common incidents include (but are not limited to):
- Repetitive motion
- Trip and falls
- Bodily Reaction
- Struck by an object
- Struck against an object
- Driving incident
- Workplace violence
These are some typical claims that we see filed with the Workers’ Compensation Board but there are many ways to qualify for a claim. For a free initial consultation to see if you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits contact us by phone now!
WORKERS’ COMP PROCESS
Understanding the workers compensation process
WORKERS’ COMP PROCESS
Dealing with the workers’ compensation process can often be a long and painful , and exhausting matter if not handled properly. Insurance company adjusters are well trained and do not always have your best interest in mind. With our firm’s expertise we help make the case as easy and painless as possible while maximizing the benefits you are entitles to.
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY!
Your employer and their insurance company will be looking to deny your claim and avoid as much liability as possible so that they can avoid providing you with the benefits you deserve under the Workers’ Compensation system. In order to limit this effort and to look out for your best interest it is critical to seek out an attorney.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU HAVE SUBMITTED THE CLAIM?
Once the claim has been submitted it will be reviewed by both your employer and the workers’ compensation claim administrator. This review will allow them to decide to accept or deny the claim.
WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?
After the incident make sure that you have gathered the contact information of all the people who might have been present while it occurred. Knowing who the witnesses are can help greatly. Also, it is important to collect any pictures or notes that may have been taken in relation to the incident. This can include the location, date, time of day, among other relevant information. Be sure to keep any copies of paperwork given to you by your employer or doctors.
WHAT’S NEXT? HOW CAN I START THE PROCESS?
Once your employer has been notified of the work injury or illness, you must fill out a claim form that your employer has provided you. If your employer does not provide you with a claim form, call us immediately. The claim form must be filled out by you and provided by your employer. Once completed the form must submitted to the insurance company by your employer. This begins the process of which benefits apply to you under the state law.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOUR CLAIM IS DENIED?
If your workers’ compensation claim has been denied we can help you appeal the decision. The appeal must be filed within the required time period to avoid losing your right to any benefits you may be entitled to.
Contact us immediately for help if your claim has been denied.
How to acquire medical treatment
HOW DO I GET ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE?
Medical care is one of the most important aspects of the workers’ compensation process because it helps in the diagnosis, healing, and rehabilitation process that is often time needed by those that have suffered injuries or illness. At the RSnyder Law Firm we have can give you access to some of the best medical attention available in Southern California to ensure that your pain and suffering is dealt with. We are here to help you with the medical attention you seek during the workers’ compensation process as well as any future medical care you may need.
DO I HAVE TO PAY OUT OF POCKET FOR MY MEDICAL CARE?
Employees who are injured or become ill while on the job are entitled to as much medical attention as they need covered by the employer through their workers’ compensation insurance. Along with the coverage of medical costs, employees are also entitled to reimbursement for the mileage needed to and from the medical appointments.
Here is an explanation on your benefits
WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS AM I ENTITLED TO?
Under the workers’ compensation board the benefits you are entitled include:
- Medical Care
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Permanent Disability Benefits
- Supplemental Job displacement benefits
- Death Benefits
HIRING AN ATTORNEY
Hiring an attorney is toughest choice of all
TO MAXIMIZE YOUR BENEFITS, YOU SHOULD HIRE AN ATTORNEY.
By hiring an attorney you allow our expertise to help you get maximum results with medical care and benefits. The workers compensation process can be difficult, long and unfavorable but with the right legal expertise you are more likely to get the medical care you need and the benefits you deserve. The RSnyder Law Firm fights to get you the best results in the shortest amount of time. Having an advocate on your side, FIGHTING for you can help ease the burden of the Wrokers Compensation system from scheduling Doctor visits to dealing with insurance companies and the adjusters they employ. We are on your side and will make sure you are taken care of!
WHAT IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD AN ATTORNEY?
At the RSnyder Law Firm there are ZERO upfront costs for you to pay. We do not get paid until we have settled your case and gotten you the workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to.