What California Workers Comp Can Do?
California workers comp provides valuable peace of mind for workers or their dependents following an injury, illness, or death sustained on the job. You or your dependents may be entitled to workers compensation benefits if you have suffered an injury, developed an illness at work or even die as a result of your work. This includes possibly filing a claim for medical expenses, temporary disability support or long term organ damage are a result of contracting the Coronavirus.
There are six basic workers comp benefits in the state of California. The six benefits are:
- Medical Care
- Medical Mileage
- Permanent Disability Benefits
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Death Benefits
The following article will highlight the steps you must take following a work-related injury or illness. Contact Gold Country Workers Comp Center today if you have any further questions or would like to learn more.
California Workers Comp Steps
The first thing you will need to do following a work-related injury is to report it. The injury must be reported on paper to the manager or owner. After reporting it, immediately get medical attention if necessary.
If the injury requires immediate medical attention at a nearby hospital or at Urgent Care, you should alert your employer ideally before but at least immediately after seeking medical attention.
Once your employer has been notified, they will give you a claims form that must be filled out. You must fill out the claims form within thirty days of first receiving it. Failing to do so may cost you your benefits under the program. If your employer does not provide you with a formal claim form to fill and return, be sure to get the form and serve it on your employer ASAP! Click on the link below to contact a local Workers’ Compensation attorney to get the form emailed to you.
Whatever you do it is essential that you do not hold the claim form for long. In the event that you are terminated before the claim form is submitted, your employer may avoid all liability for your injury or illness.
Information About Temporary Disability Benefits
Typically, temporary disability pays for approximately 66% of wages earned prior to the injury or if your wages increase after the injury and don’t miss work until later, your wage at that time . $1,252 per week is the maximum receivable amount for recent injuries. Temporary disability payments typically begin following a doctor’s recommendation that you either miss some or all work to allow you to seek treatment and heal.
Unless you are hospitalized, the doctor must confirm that you cannot work for more than three consecutive days. Every two weeks you should receive a check. This will continue until the doctor determines your condition is stabilized and will not substantially change for up to 104 weeks or you start earning as much as you did preinjury.
If you return to work but make less per week than pre-injury, partial temporary disability is payable at 2/3 of your lost (lesser) wage. The maximum period the payments will be sent is 104 weeks.
In some special cases involving serious burns, high velocity eye injuries, or some types of lung disease, the payments may continue for up to 240 weeks (5 years).
Find Additional California Workers Comp Insurance
The process of obtaining your workers comp benefits can be extremely difficult to navigate. Despite being able to do it alone, it is highly recommended that you work with a professional California workers comp attorney.
Please contact Gold Country Workers Comp Center by calling 560-362-7188 to get started on your California workers comp claim and to schedule a free case consultation.
California Workers Comp