Know what to expect from your employer after a workplace accident

| Apr 3, 2018 | Workers' Compensation |

A workplace accident will have a negative impact on your life in many ways. From your medical bills to your ability to continue with your career after your recovery, there are many issues that could cause financial hardship. You have a right to financial support through a workers’ compensation claim, but it is beneficial to have a full understanding of your rights. 

Your California employer plays a role in your workers’ compensation claim. There are certain things it must do, and understanding your employer’s responsibilities can help you protect your rightful claim to benefits. When navigating this insurance claims process, you may find it helpful to have the advice and counsel of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

The role of your employer in your recovery

Securing workers’ compensation benefits is not always easy. It can be a complex process, one that may come with setbacks and other delays that can stand between you and the benefits you deserve. As an employee, you can expect the following from your employer regarding workers’ compensation:

  • Post a notice of workers’ compensation procedures in a place where people can easily see them
  • Provide emergency medical attention or call for help after an accident
  • Complete and submit a report of the accident with the local workers’ compensation office
  • Cooperate with any requests for additional information from you, the insurance company or another party

In addition to these things, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits without the fear of retaliation from your employer. It is illegal for an employer to fire, demote, reduce pay or otherwise subject an employee to unfair treatment because he or she sought rightful benefits.

When your employer is not being cooperative or will not comply with the procedure, it can make an already difficult situation even more stressful. You may find it particularly useful to seek legal guidance if you believe your employer is violating your rights.

Shielding your right to recovery

After a work accident, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits for your medical bills, time lost from work and more. Your employer cannot prevent you from seeking your rightful benefits, nor can he or she delay your benefits either intentionally or inadvertently. Protecting your interests can start as soon as possible after your accident or from the beginning steps of your benefits claim.

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