A slip on a wet office floor. A fall from a Coachella Valley construction site ladder. A car accident while running an errand for the boss. These three examples of work-related accidents could all result in injuries that require an employee to miss work and get medical treatments.
Each could well result in the employee receiving workers’ compensation benefits: partial wage replacement and the medical care needed for recovery. Each could also result in a denial of a workers’ comp claim, meaning that the injured employee would be required to return to work regardless of pain or difficulty in doing their job.
English Lloyd & Armenta is a Coachella Valley law firm located in Rancho Mirage that is devoted to helping people appeal denied workers’ comp claims.
The appeals process begins with the claims administrator’s letter to the injured worker, telling the worker that their claim has been denied. Some people decide to represent themselves in the disputes, but many others feel more comfortable with an experienced workers’ comp attorney on their side.
An attorney represents the injured party in the hearing held by the workers’ compensation administrative law judge. The state of California cautions visitors to its Department of Workers’ Compensation website: “Each DWC office is a trial court where disputes that arise from workers’ compensation claims are decided by a judge without a jury.”
In some unfortunate cases, the only person at the hearing who doesn’t understand the law, the proceedings and the procedures is the injured worker who has decided to represent himself or herself.
An attorney experienced in these matters can gather information about the injury, and collect and prepare crucial health provider documentation that the judge will examine before making a ruling on your claim.
Please take a look at the English Lloyd & Armenta workers’ comp page to learn more about how we can help you.