We Can Answer Your California Workers’ Compensation Questions
If you have been injured on the job, do you know your rights? Our attorneys have focused experience in workers’ compensation law. We answer some common questions about California workers’ comp to help you understand the claims process and your rights.
Every work injury claim is unique. To address your specific situation, call 951-394-3107 for a free consultation with a helpful attorney at Diefer Law Group.
What do I need to do if I am injured at work?
There are important steps you should take to protect your health and preserve your legal rights. Seek medical attention if you suffered a serious injury, or even if your injuries seem minor. You must report your accident or injury to your supervisor. Follow up with treatment – medical documentation is critical to your workers’ compensation claim. Seek legal counsel to protect your rights.
What benefits does workers’ compensation provide?
If you are injured on the job, your employer pays for all related medical expenses. Your employer also provides wage benefits until you are able to return to work. If you have a lasting impairment or disfigurement, you may be entitled to payments for partial disability. If your injury prevents you from returning to work, you could qualify for total disability benefits.
Can I see my own doctor for a workplace injury?
You can seek treatment with your own doctors only if you submitted a “pre-designation” request to your employer before the injury. Otherwise, you must choose from a list of physicians approved by your employer. Those “preferred” doctors are not always objective in their assessment of injuries. This is another reason to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer, especially if they try to send you back to work before you are fully recovered.
Can I sue my employer instead of filing for workers’ comp?
No. Workers’ compensation is the exclusive remedy under California law, even if your supervisor or co-worker was at fault. In some cases, you can bring a personal injury claim against a third party (such as an equipment manufacturer or a subcontractor on a job site) if their negligence contributed to your work injury.
Can I get workers’ compensation for a vehicle accident?
Yes. Workers’ comp covers driving in a work-related capacity – including travel between job sites. However, accidents while driving to or from your workplace each day would not be covered.
What if my work injury was not caused by a specific accident?
Physical labor takes a toll on the body. You can claim workers’ compensation for “wear and tear” injuries that develop over time from the strains of your job, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back injuries from lifting. These are known as repetitive stress or overuse injuries.
What can I do if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?
Employers or their insurance carriers may deny claims for failing to report a workplace accident or incomplete paperwork. They may dispute that the injury was work-related. You have the right to appeal a denied claim, denial of medical treatment, a reduction in benefits or a termination of your disability claim. Consult a lawyer who primarily handles workers’ compensation claims.
What Other Questions Do You Have?
Diefer Law Group invites you to a free consultation to address your concerns about a work injury or denied claim. Our skilled lawyers will fight for your rights. We represent injured workers throughout Southern California, with several convenient office locations. Call 951-394-3107 or contact us online.