Improving Your Chance of Success in a Workers’ Compensation Claim
There are numerous factors beyond just the type of workplace injury you’ve sustained that could impact your success in a workers’ compensation claim. Understanding these factors is important toward improving your chances of having your claim approved.
The following are some tips you should consider to improve your chances of a successful claim for workers’ comp benefits:
- Be prompt. Seek medical help as soon as possible after your workplace injury and be sure to inform your employer about the accident as soon as you can, no matter how big or small you believe the injury is. When you fill out a claim form, give it to your employer right away and hold onto a copy for your own records.
- Follow up. Make sure your employer has actually filed the report with its insurance company. You should hear about the status of your workers’ compensation claim within two weeks. If you don’t hear anything from the insurer, call the company and ask about the claims’ status.
- Don’t give up if you’re denied. Instead, apply immediately for an administrative hearing in front of the California workers’ compensation board. Be sure to come prepared with copies of every document related to your claim, including medical records, your actual claim form and insurance documents. Make sure these records indicate how exactly the injury is related to your job, and save all letters related to the notice of decision.
- Seek the assistance of a professional. If you think that the insurer or your employer acted improperly, speak with the insurance department of your state. If you believe your work environment is unsafe, get in contact with OSHA. Simply put, do not be afraid to take your case to a higher level, and seek the guidance of an attorney to do so.
For further tips and guidance related to workers’ compensation in California, contact a skilled Orange County lawyer with the Tous Law Group.