Few things are more frustrating than suffering an injury on the job. A workplace injury can require you to miss work (and paychecks) while you undergo treatment that might include everything from surgery to physical rehabilitation to something as simple as rest. Fortunately, many California employees eligible for workers’ compensation receive benefits without having to battle their employer or the employer’s insurer.
They get the benefits they have earned and that they deserve. But some people injured in a Coachella Valley workplace are denied those needed benefits by a doctor, insurer or employer. That can mean the injured employee must appeal the denial in a hearing, negotiate a settlement or give up their claim.
For most people, the third option – giving up – isn’t really an option at all. They need the wage replacement portion of workers’ comp to pay their bills and they need the provided medical care, too. So they contact a workers’ comp attorney who understands the system, knows the insurers and has experience presenting compelling cases for clients in hearings.
In some situations, workers worry that they might face retaliation at work if they too vigorously press a workers' comp claim or fight a comp denial. In those cases, experienced legal counsel can guide them behind the scenes, helping them understand their rights and legal options and make use of the protections of the law.
After a workplace injury, you should get medical attention, promptly inform a supervisor and then file a workers’ comp claim. If the deserved benefits are denied, speak with a workers’ comp attorney.