An Experienced San Francisco Attorney Helps with Challenging Workers’ Compensation Issues
Taking action on your behalf after a serious workplace accident
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim to get the benefits you need to focus on your physical recovery. This can be a complicated process if your employer or its insurance agency decides to dispute your claim, however. To get the guidance you need during this time, call on a knowledgeable San Francisco workers’ compensation lawyer at the Buzzell Law Group, PC. We provide you with the personal attention and clear legal strategies you need and deserve, while working to ease your financial and emotional burdens. Meet with a member of our respected team immediately after a serious workplace injury.
What to do after an injury on the job
Immediately after suffering an injury at work, the first thing you should do is to seek medical treatment. If it’s an emergency, you can go to the nearest hospital or clinic, and your employer will be required to pay for the associated costs. In other situations, your employer may be able to provide you with a specific place to visit a healthcare professional. Once you are at the hospital or physician’s office, be sure to tell the doctor treating you that your injury or condition is work-related.
As a next step, report the injury to your employer as soon as possible, and no more than one month after the accident occurred. The only exception to this rule is if you’ve suffered a job-related condition over time, in which case you should report it to your employer as soon as symptoms begin showing. Any delays in reporting accidents and injuries may prevent you from receiving workers’ compensation benefits in a timely manner.
If you will need to miss work due to your injury, you’ll likely need to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. To take this action in California, you will need a DWC-1 claim form, along with several other documents. Because of the complexity of this process and the paperwork involved, it’s best to consult a skilled injury lawyer to make sure you provide everything needed for a successful claim.
What does workers’ compensation cover?
In California, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover the costs of retraining for a different job if you’re no longer able to perform the duties of your previous position, in addition to the expenses associated with medical care, rehabilitation and permanent disability, if applicable. You may also receive money to cover the wages or salary you’ve lost while you have been unable to work and earn a living.
In some situations, your employer or its insurance carrier may attempt to deny your claim, arguing that your injury did not actually occur on the job or that your injuries are not as serious as you say they are. Our team helps with the appeals process, fighting for your rights and against unfair denials when insurance companies refuse to provide the compensation to which you’re entitled.
Additionally, if a loved one has died in a workplace accident, your family may be able to recover damages for medical bills, loss of financial support and funeral costs. You typically have just one year to file a claim after a relative’s death, so it’s important to take action quickly to avoid any delays or denials.
Speak with a dependable workers’ compensation lawyer
For the assistance and legal guidance you need after a workplace accident, turn to the respected team at the Buzzell Law Group, PC. Our office is located in San Francisco, and we serve clients throughout the Bay Area. To set up a meeting, call us at 415-552-5582 or contact us online today.