Glendale Workers' Compensation Claims
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
If you suffered an injury or illness while you were working, no matter what your job, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation. This state program can help you receive payments for your medical bills and other expenses when your injuries prevent you from working. No matter who is at fault, you may have grounds to file a claim to help you recover and get back to work.
At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, the partners are experienced specialists in workers’ compensation. Our workers' compensation lawyers in Glendale have 100 years of combined experience helping clients seek compensation for their workplace injuries. Our team believes that responsive communication and a keen focus on your needs are important to get you the results that your case deserves and we personally handle each case because our clients are always our top priority.
Contact us today to speak with a lawyer in our Glendale or Santa Clarita offices. We serve clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Understanding Your Workers' Compensation Benefits
Workers' compensation benefits are designed to provide financial support for employees who have been injured or become ill as a result of their job. However, many employees are not aware of all the benefits they are entitled to receive. Our Glendale workers' compensation attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and maximize your benefits.
Here are some of the benefits you may be entitled to receive:
- Medical expenses related to your injury or illness
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Disability benefits for long-term injuries
- Vocational rehabilitation and retraining
- Death benefits for surviving family members in the event of a work-related fatality
It is important to note that every case is unique, and your specific benefits may vary depending on the circumstances of your injury or illness. Our attorneys can help you navigate the complex workers' compensation system and ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Injured at Work?
After an injury, it is important that you take the time you need to recover. Many workplace accidents can lead to serious complications if not properly treated. Workers’ compensation is in place to ensure you get the medical care and wage compensation you need during the recovery process.
If you’ve been in an accident, it is important that you take the following steps:
- Report the injury to your supervisor, manager, or boss
- Seek medical attention or call 911 if it is an emergency
- Fill out a workers’ compensation claim with your employer
- Wait for your claim to be accepted or denied by your employer’s insurance company
If your claim was denied, you have the right to fight the decision. Paperwork must be filed within strict deadlines, however, so it is important that you act quickly. A workers’ compensation attorney can help you avoid mistakes, file an application for adjudication, navigate an MMI conflict, make an appointment with a qualified medical evaluator (QME) for an evaluation, and represent you at the hearing in front of a judge. It is also important to hire an attorney if you ever experience any disputes with the claims process. A seasoned lawyer can assist with the appeals process and work to make sure you are receiving the benefits to which you are entitled.
Common Workers' Compensation Mistakes
Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be a complex process, and simple mistakes can lead to denied claims for even the most deserving parties. Some common mistakes people make in their claims include:
- Not Reporting Your Injury. It stands to reason that you must report your injury to your employer in order to collect benefits from their insurance company, but many people fail to take this crucial step. As a best practice, you should report even minor injuries to your employer, even if you think they will heal quickly.
- Reporting Your Injury Verbally. When reporting the accident or injury to your employer, it is absolutely crucial to obtain a written copy of the accident report. Your employer should provide you with a claim form – if they do not, consider reporting the injury via e-mail so that you have a written record of the report.
- Waiting To Seek Medical Care. When you postpone medical care, the insurance company often takes this as a sign that you aren’t seriously injured. They typically will use this to deny or mitigate the value of your claim, so it’s crucial to visit a doctor as soon as possible after suffering an injury. It is also vital that you go to all follow-up appointments and physical therapy to reinforce your case.
- Changing Your Story. It’s important to be very honest and specific about your injuries and limitations, as any inconsistencies in your story can be used to deny your claim. It is not unheard of for insurance companies to hire a private investigator to keep an eye on you, and they will look for any evidence that your injuries weren’t as serious as you claimed.
- Not Hiring An Experienced Workers’ Comp Lawyer. Perhaps the most important thing you can do to strengthen your claim is to hire an experienced Glendale workers’ compensation attorney. At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, our team has more than 100 years of collective experience that can be put to work for you. When you choose our firm you can rest easy, knowing that your claim is in the hands of an attorney who truly cares about getting you the money you deserve.
We Are Here When You Need Us Most
Our workers’ compensation attorneys handle every case. You are never passed off to a paralegal or legal assistant. We take the time to conduct thorough interviews with our clients to understand their needs and the extent of their injuries. At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, we strive for the highest level of integrity and ethical standards, and our reputation and respect within the workers’ compensation community display our commitment and service to our clients.
Call our workers' comp lawyers in Glendale to learn more or fill out a free initial case review today.