How Do Workers File a Claim?
At English Lloyd & Armenta, we provide advice on how to file a claim based on the specifics of your case. Remember that workers may file a claim for any number of reasons, and each reason or other connected cases can affect the claim. Whatever the situation, here are some general steps you can follow:
Get Medical Advice
When you become injured at work, you might feel pressured to shake it off and keep working. However, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Let a doctor decide if and when you should return to work.
Inform the Employer
If possible, report the incident immediately or ask someone else to do so on your behalf. It is best to make the report in writing so you have proof of the time, date and response. Ask for a copy of the report when completed as well.
Providing proof of what happened and why can help improve your case if it goes to court. Remember that even if you are partially responsible for what happened, you may still be entitled to Palm Springs workers’ compensation.
Complete the Claim Form
California gives employers one business day to mail a claim form to you, but many choose not to. If this happens, the California Department of Industrial Relations provides one that you can download.
Mail in the Claim Form
After an attorney assists you with filling out the form, submit it to the DIR via certified mail. Store your receipt with the other documents you have related to the case. Remember that it’s important to not only submit the form but to do so on time.