Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The State of California requires employers to pay for medical treatment and benefits for work related injuries that result in medical care and/or disability. These work related injuries can arise from a single incident, cumulative or repetitive trauma, occupational disease, significant stress or psychological impairment, or an injury that is a consequence of a previous work related injury.
Seek medical treatment and report your injury to your employer as soon as you are injured or learn of your injury. If you do not report an injury within 30 days, you could lose benefits. You will not be compensated for injuries reported after your employer gives you notice of termination or layoff, unless an enumerated exception applies.
Workers’ Compensation is a very complex system which provides the following benefits:
- Medical Treatment
- Temporary Disability
- Permanent Disability
- Future Medical Treatment
- Mileage reimbursement to and from medical treatment
- Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits
- Death Benefits
Workers compensation does not include benefits for, “pain and suffering.” However, sometimes injured workers have other claims outside of the workers’ compensation system. Call our office today for a free consultation regarding workers’ compensation benefits.
Even if your claim is accepted, you may have already discovered that the Insurance company does not approve all treatment or you may disagree with the recommendations or medical treatment you are currently receiving.
If your claim is denied, you need the assistance of an attorney to get the compensation you deserve.
After getting hurt or sick on the job, your first priority should be getting the medical care you need to get better, so you can go back to work and start living your life the way you used to.
But to do that, most injured workers in Orange County need workers’ compensation to help pay for their health care, at least until they recover. Surgery, rehabilitation and medication are not cheap. And if the company that provides workers’ compensation insurance to your employer denies your claim, or offers far less than you are entitled to, the cost of getting disabled at work can quickly drain your family’s savings.
A lot of industries, such as construction and manufacturing, put workers at especially high risk of serious injury, but every job has the potential to harm you. The attorneys at Wishart Law help injured workers take on the insurance company to get the benefits they need.
The Insurance Company Doesn’t Always Play Fair
Sometimes an appeal is necessary because the workers’ compensation insurance company denies a claim for a specific medical treatment. Other times, the insurer will claim the worker is less disabled by his injury than he or she really is, and adjusts the benefits it pays accordingly.
If you are not getting the workers’ compensation benefits you need, Wishart Law can help you fight back. We will examine your medical records and gather other evidence that will help us make your case for you. We will work hard on your behalf, and we don’t get paid until our workers’ comp clients do.
For a free consultation on your workers’ compensation matter, call us at 714-529-0111 or use our online form.
“Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.”
– California Labor Code Section 5432
Each case is different and will be pursued based on its own merits. There is no guarantee as to the result or outcome of any case.