What To Do After You Have Been Hurt

The best thing you can do after being injured at work is to learn about your rights. At English Lloyd & Armenta, we will meet with you for free and explain your rights to you. There are important steps you must take after a workplace injury to secure your workers' comp claim, make sure you know what to do.

Located in Rancho Mirage, our lawyers have been representing injured workers throughout the Coachella Valley for more than 30 years. We will help you maximize your workers' compensation benefits.

Steps To Take After A Workplace Injury

Below is a general guide explaining the actions you should take after being injured on the job. However, it is always best to meet with an attorney upfront to ensure your rights are protected.

Report Your Injury To A Supervisor

After a job injury, tell your supervisor right away. He or she will help you start the formal workers' compensation process. If you don't tell him or her, you may risk losing your right to benefits.

Take Note Of Witnesses

If other workers saw the accident, get their names and contact information. They may be able to act as witnesses for you later down the road.

Fill Out A Claim Form

To request workers' compensation benefits, you must complete a claim form and submit it to your employer.

Get It In Writing

If your employer is not cooperating, make sure to document your injury in writing — either by emailing your employer, complaining of the injury to a doctor, or by writing a letter, email or text to your supervisor explaining how you got hurt.

See A Doctor

After you file a claim, you will be contacted by your employer's insurance carrier. It will send you to a doctor for an evaluation. After the first visit, you can select any doctor you want — as long as he or she is in the insurer's medical provider network (MPN). Make sure you choose a doctor you trust, one who will listen to you and take your injuries seriously. Your medical benefits and lost wage benefits depend on it.

Act Quickly

Insurance companies will often move slowly — they do this purposefully. Workers' comp temporary disability benefits typically only last for 104 weeks, the slower the insurance company moves, the faster it eats up that benefit, and as a direct result, you will have less flexibility later to make important decisions. Don't let this happen to you. Stay on top of your claim.

Contact Us

If your employer refuses to cooperate, insurance companies are dragging their feet, or your benefits are denied, contact an experienced lawyer. We know the "rules of the game" and won't let you be taken advantage of.

For help obtaining workers' comp benefits or more information about your rights, contact us at 760-895-1580. Consultations are completely free. Se habla español.