Filling Out a Claim Form and Receiving Medical Care
The first step after you are hurt, of course, is to report your injury or illness to your employer. However, what happens after these initial steps are taken? You should first fill out a claim form, which is also known as a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC 1). This needs to be given to you within one working day after you report your injury or illness. With this form, you will be able to request workers’ compensation benefits by filling out the “employee” portion of the form and signing at the end. It is beneficial to describe your injury completely and then give the form to your employer.
After you file the claim form with your employer, you should receive proper medical care. The treating doctor for your injuries should understand your particular type of injury or illness. They should always prescribe care and manage overall care, help determine when you can return to work, and help you identify the kinds of work you can do safely while you recover. They may also choose to refer you to specialists if found necessary and write medical reports that will help determine the benefits that you receive. You should always alert this doctor about any symptoms that you experience and what you believe may have caused them.
What Damages Are Typically Available in Injury Cases?
In a nutshell, there are various types of compensation that you may expect from a successful workers’ compensation case. These include the following:
- Medical Treatment
- Property Loss
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Enjoyment
- Loss of Consortium
What if I Face a Problem?
Injured workers typically get their benefits quickly when everything works out with the workers’ compensation process. However, other workers may face problems and delays, which keeps them from gaining what they deserve. Here are some things to remember for if you have an issue or none at all:
- Always keep good records: The workers’ compensation process can be a tedious one filled with receiving plenty of forms to make your case. You should always keep copies of everything and keep notes of all discussions you have with people involved in your claim. Keep track of your medical condition as well as saving pay stubs and time sheets so that you can document your income before and after.
- Keep up-to-date with workers’ compensation information: Workers’ compensation laws can be very complex, so you should be aware of all rules and regulations surrounding them.
- Speak up if you have concerns: Your employer and claims administrator may be able to resolve your problem if you have any concerns. You should never delay in getting help.
Ways to Receive Help
- Information and Assistance Officers: These officers are on duty to answer questions and help injured workers by providing information and forms, but also helping to resolve problems. You should check the Government Pages at the front of the white pages of your phone book for contact information.
- Union: Your union may be able to help you resolve issues. They may be able to tell you about other benefits, negotiate changes, and protect you from job discrimination.
- Representing Yourself: You may be able to prepare your own case and request a hearing before a workers’ compensation judge.
- Contacting an Attorney You Can Trust: Call a trusted attorney at WTW in California today if you believe you have a workers’ compensation claim and may need assistance. The job of your attorney is to protect your rights, plan a case strategy, and gather information to support your claim. They will be able to represent you and get you the compensation you deserve. Call today for a consultation.