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What to Do After a Workplace Accident In California

WHAT TO DO AFTER A WORKPLACE ACCIDENT IN CALIFORNIA REPORT THE ACCIDENT Don't wait to report the accident, or you may lose your claim to worker's compensation File an accident report even if you think you have not been injured Put the report in writing and file it with a supervisor or manager SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION If you decide to go to a doctor, you must visit one chosen by your employer unless you have previously designated a treating doctor If you are seriously injured, go to the emergency room If you go to your own doctor and the doctor is not designated with the employer, then the employer does not have to pay for those medical bills Check around your work area to see if a list of these doctors is posted Your employer will have 90 days to accept or deny your claim Your employer is obligated to pay up to $10,000 in medical benefits for authorized treatment, but if the case is denied, the employer will stop payment at time of denial REPORT INJURIES Some injuries take time to reveal themselves, or are internal Report any injuries you have as soon as you notice them, or when they are diagnosed Get a copy of the worker's compensation claim that your employer has filed and worker's compensation application for justification of claim RECEIVE CLAIM ACCEPTANCE OR DENIAL If your employer accepts responsibility for the incident, you will be notified • You may also be issued temporary worker's compensation pay for 90 days If your employer denies responsibility for the incident, you will be notified • You have 1 year from the date of the incident to file a claim petition HIRE A LAWYER There are a few different reasons to hire a worker's compensation attorney • You are unsure about your right to worker's compensation • Your claim has been denied and you wish to fight it • You have been forced back to work even with your injuries • You might lose your benefits • You have been seriously injured, have scars, or have a limited disability • You want a lump sum settlement rather than monthly payments • You need to go before a judge at any time Provided by: SCHER, BASSETT HAMES WWW.SCHERANDBASSETT.COM Sources: www.workplacefairness.org/workers-compensation-what-to-do www.alllaw.com/articles/workers-compensation/after-accident-at-work.html#

What to Do After a Workplace Accident In California

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Sometimes you might sustain an injury that doesn’t show up for a while, but that doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear. View this infographic on workplace accidents and meet with the right doctor.

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