How Does The California Workers’ Comp Process Work?

If you were hurt on the job, the law enables you to obtain wage and medical benefits through the workers' compensation system. Many California workers are entitled to benefits after they suffer an injury, but they aren't clear on the process of getting those benefits. Because workers' comp involves insurance claims and economically motivated insurance companies, it is important to have an attorney on your side to maximize the benefits you receive.

The attorneys of Carlin & Buchsbaum, LLP, can help you understand the workers' comp system and make sure you get the benefits to which you are entitled. Because the process can seem complicated and every work injury is different, it is important to talk to an experienced workers' compensation lawyer about your case.

There are a few key elements in the process:

Documenting What Happened

To get workers' compensation benefits, you must document how, where and when you were injured. When you get hurt on the job, you will need to fill out a claim form (which you obtain from your employer) within a certain period of time.

The claim form will require you to write down specifically what happened to you. Whether you had to go to the hospital or you were told to return to work after the injury occurred, make sure you are as thorough and detailed as possible in describing how and where your injury occurred. Our firm can help you with this.

Proving You're Hurt And Getting The Medical Care You Need

If you were hurt at work, it is critical that you receive medical treatment from the right physician. This serves two important purposes: safeguarding your health and protecting your workers' comp claim.

Some workers come to us because they didn't get medical treatment following an accident or a repetitive motion injury. Very often, they are in pain and in need of a doctor. As your law firm, we will provide guidance regarding examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Some Injuries Are Mental, Not Physical

Some employees develop mental health problems related to their work. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders are common. In these cases, we have to prove psychiatric injury, which may have resulted from harassment, physical stress or other issues.

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Every case is different. Talk to someone at Carlin & Buchsbaum, LLP, to get your workers' comp questions answered.