What is Workers' Compensation?

In the state of California, most employers are required to provide insurance benefits to protect their employees in the event of an accident. If you are hurt, injured, or exposed to hazardous materials while working, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation under the insurance protection of your employer. This insurance coverage is commonly known as "workers' comp."

How to Request & Receive Workers' Comp in California

If you have been injured at work, you must report your injury in order to request and receive workers' compensation. It is important to remember that workers' compensation does not need proof of liability or negligence in order to receive financial compensation. You only need to prove that your injury is work-related or occurred while you were on the job.

Typically, the workers' comp filing process includes the following steps:

  • Get medical treatment as soon as possible.
  • Report your injury or stress-related illness as soon as you display symptoms or as soon as you learn the injury has been caused by your line of work.
  • Once you have notified your employer, you employer must give you a compensation claim form within 1-working day of your injury.
  • With the help of an attorney, submit your completed form to your insurance company.
  • Your insurance company should send you a status report within 14 days.

If your employer does not learn about your work-related injury within 30 days, you could be permanently barred from requesting financial benefits. If your work-related injury was caused by negligence or an unsafe condition, our legal team can help you pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim.

Your Entitled Benefits Under Workers' Compensation

When you come to our firm, we can sit down with you and discuss your case in complete detail. Our legal team is comprised of seasoned litigators and a support staff employed by field and private investigators. We can value your case at the highest possible value and we aren't afraid to go to trial on your behalf.

Under the benefits of a workers' compensation plan, you may be entitled to receive:

  • Medical care to help you recover from a work-related injury, illness, or psychological stress
  • Supplemental job displacement benefits if you do not recover completely
  • Weekly benefits while you are temporarily out of work due to disability
  • Weekly payments (or lump sum) for temporary disability
  • Weekly payments (or lump sum) for permanent disability
  • Death benefits to surviving family members

With the recent passage of Senate Bill 863 which took effect early 2013, you could be eligible to receive increased benefits. To learn more about your potential workers' compensation benefits, you should speak with a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

No costs until we secure a satisfactory resolution for you!

At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, we emphasize affordable representation. We specifically choose to work on a contingency fee basis for our clients, meaning you won't have to pay any out-of-pocket legal fees until we help you obtain a satisfactory resolution for your particular workers' compensation claim. In addition, we always offer our clients a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Contact our firm today to learn how we can help you after a workplace accident.