Q. Who pays my medical bills if I file a workers’ compensation claim?
A. In the state of California, employers are required to carry insurance in the event an accident and injury occur on company property or under the scope of employment. Typically, workers’ compensation benefits are paid by:
The employer (if authorized by the Department of Industrial Relations to self insure)
A private insurance company
The California State Compensation Insurance Fund (if employers do not self insure or use a private insurance company)
Q. What are the different types of work comp benefits I can collect?
A. In the event an injury or illness is work-related, a hurt worker may be able to collect benefits for:
Medical care – payment for any expenses related to an occupational injury or illness
Permanent disability – payments for an injury or illness causing long term or permanent consequences
Temporary disability – payments for wages lost while recovering from an injury
Job displacement – vouchers for skill enhancement or retraining
Q. When should I file a work comp claim?
A. You should file a work comp claim immediately after telling your supervisor or boss about the accident and resulting injury. When you notify your employer of the injury, you should ask for a claim form. Once you have filled out a claim form, your employer should submit the form to the insurance company. Keep in mind, if your employer does not learn of the injury within 30 days of the accident occurring, you could lose your legal right to workers’ compensation benefits.
Q. I lost a loved one in a workplace accident. Can I file a claim to secure work comp benefits?
A. Possibly. If your loved one was tragically killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to death benefits. Death benefits are typically paid to family members who relied on the deceased for financial support. Death benefits may be paid on a weekly basis or in a lump sum. In addition, the deceased’s family members may be able to get benefits for funeral and burial expenses through the worker’s compensation system.
Q. How do I know if work comp will cover my injury?
A. If the injury occurred while at work or while under the scope of employment, almost any type of injury should be covered by the work comp system. At Riverside Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Pros, we have helped many workers suffering from all types of injuries, including emotional stress injuries, secure benefits for the damages related to an injury or illness.
Q. I don’t want to be pressured into hiring an attorney. Is it possible for me to speak to an attorney with no strings attached?
A. Yes! At Riverside Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Pros, we don’t want you to feel pressured into hiring a lawyer you’ve never even met, which is we don’t charge a thing for our referral service. You can meet privately with the work injury lawyer we connect you with at no cost to discuss the details of your case. Although you won’t be hassled to hire the attorney we put you in touch with, we’re confident you’ll be so satisfied with our selection, you won’t want to wait to hire the attorney! Reach us now at 951-373-4321 to receive a free, custom referral to a caring work injury attorney in our group. Every case is taken on a no win, no fee basis.