Common Missteps that May Hurt Your Chances of Recovering Workers’ Compensation Benefits in California

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In California, the workers’ compensation claims process can be complicated and confusing, which can lead to injured workers making mistakes along the way.

If these mistakes occur the insurance companies will be all too happy to delay, undervalue, or deny your claim.

At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP , our workers’ compensation attorneys in Whittier know that many things can derail your ability to pursue the benefits you are entitled to after sustaining an injury or illness at work.

Our workers’ compensation attorneys Whittier understand how important it is to obtain the benefits you are entitled to, so your medical expenses and lost income do not come to your personal financial responsibility, causing further stress and anxiety while you recover.

To follow are the most common workers’ compensation missteps that can be easily avoided.

Common Misstep #1: Failing to Report the Injury to Your Employer

If you suffer an injury at work, you should report it to your employer right away, and be sure the incident is recorded in writing.

Generally, California workers have 30 days to submit written notice of the injury to their employer, which will also require completing the employee’s portion of the claim form, which your employer will supply, to file an official workers’ compensation claim.

If you continue to work after the injury occurs, and never directly report it, your employer or the California Division of Workers’ Compensation can dispute that your injury occurred at work and deny your claim outright.

Common Misstep #2: Failing to Seek the Proper Medical Treatment

Failing to seek medical treatment for your workplace injury or illness will directly put you at risk of having your workers’ compensation claim denied.

Seeking medical care right away, and just as importantly, following all the doctor’s orders, will help support your claim to pursue medical treatment costs and make up for lost income when you are unable to work.

Common Misstep #3: Handling Your Workers’ Compensation Claim On Your Own

Although California workers’ compensation laws do not require injured workers to pursue workers’ compensation with the help of an attorney, doing so will ensure all the paperwork for your claim is completed, deadlines are met, and supporting evidence is submitted on your behalf, so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery while we pursue the financial support you will need to fully heal.

If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers in Whittier at Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP today by calling (562) 698-6446 to pursue the benefits you are entitled to for your unique circumstances.