The average person is not aware of how the workers' compensation process works. Workers' compensation provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries. Here are some reasons you may need to hire a workers' compensation attorney.
1. Your employer is refusing to pay
You are entitled to workers' compensation benefits when you are injured at work. It does not matter if you were at fault as California has a no-fault system for workers' compensation cases. If your employer denied your claim, you need to speak to a workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible.
Payments under workers comp cover:
payment of lost wages while you were unable to work
reimbursement for the permanent loss of function caused by your work injury
2. Your employer will not report the injury
Workers comp is usually paid by your employer's insurance company. Your employer is required to report your work injury to its workers' compensation insurance company. If your employer refuses to report your injury, that is a huge issue. They may be worried about not having the right insurance or not having the proper safety violations to ensure a safe workspace.
3. You were fired after your workplace injury.
Unfortunately, many people experience hostility from their employer and are sometimes even terminated. But in California, Under California's workers' compensation law, an employer cannot terminate a person’s employment just because they sustained an injury on the job. To read more about workers' compensation termination check out our blog post.
4. You aren’t sure of which benefits you are entitled to
The average person does not understand the workers' compensation system. In order to ensure that all of your rights are protected and you are getting the maximum amount of compensation, you must hire a workers' compensation attorney.
If you have been injured at work, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced workers' compensation attorneys. Call us at (818) 477-0773 to discuss your potential workers' compensation case with our State Law Firm attorneys.