If you faced a workplace injury, you may see extreme medical costs and a loss of income due to your ailments. Especially if you work as a maintenance worker, work in construction or as a warehouse employee, you may face serious risk of injury during your day-to day job tasks.
If you prove eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, the Department of Industrial Relations of California entitles you to multiple benefits packages that will sustain you while you cannot work or reimburse you for your injury costs. No one should fight for their right to benefits alone, and to ensure you have the strongest claim for your required compensation, you want to hire an experienced attorney to aid in bringing a sound argument for your rights to monetary benefits.
Determining your required compensation
When those who work in maintenance or construction face injury, many times the injuries are costly due to broken bones or surgical repairs. Before contacting an attorney after an injury, you want to seek immediately medical attention. If you worked in the scope of your employment when the injury occurred, even if the injury was caused by the negligence of a follow employee, you may deserve compensation.
After bringing a claim forward with specific evidence, you may receive substantial compensation from your employer’s compensation insurance. According to California law, you may be required to benefits such as:
- Medical care: Your injury costs will need reimbursement if your employer will hold responsibility for your injury under workers’ compensation. Your employer may pay for:
- Hospital and emergency room visits
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Temporary disability: You may receive temporary disability benefits if you cannot work during your recovery time. Especially for construction and maintenance workers, temporary benefits prove crucial if you cannot complete your job due to common yet serious hand, back or knee injuries.
- Permanent disability: Some individuals face injury that may not involve recovering fully. For example, if you injure your back and cannot lift the 50-pounds required by your employer for the position, you may receive permanent disability compensation.
- Supplemental job displacement benefits: Some individuals require retrainingfor new positions or skill enhancement if they cannot recover.
Because workers’ compensation claims involve determining exact required benefits and whether your employer should hold responsibility for your expenses, you want to seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. He or she will help you determine your required benefits and bring forward a sound case for your reimbursement. Under California law, if you are injured due to your workplace or job responsibilities, you can receive significant compensation.