Why Is It Important to File for Workers' Compensation?
A sudden on-the-job accident can change a person’s life in an instant. Workplace injuries can rob a person of their ability to earn a living and saddle them with the immense burden of expensive medical expenses, potentially for the rest of their life depending on the severity of their injuries. Fortunately, employers in California are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance to protect their employees in the event they should ever be injured within the course of their occupation. Workers’ compensation provides invaluable financial assistance for injured employees and can help a person get back on their feet.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Workers’ compensation provides compensation for a wide variety of losses stemming from a person’s occupational injuries. It is important to note, however, that compensation will vary on a case-by-case basis, making it crucial for potential claimants consult with a knowledgeable attorney to get a better representation of their eligible benefits.
Benefits can be awarded to cover the following:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Death benefits for families of victims
Disability benefits for lost wages due to the inability to work are divided into four categories: temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent total disability, and permanent partial disability. These benefits are tax-free and will typically cover up to two-thirds of a person’s wages. Any costs associated with a person’s treatment or rehab are covered as long as a benefit recipient adheres to a workers’ compensation doctor’s treatment plan and attends all scheduled appointments. Since medical costs can potentially cost hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on a person’s injuries, these benefits can provide crucial support to cover otherwise overwhelming expenses.
How Long Do I Have to File for Workers’ Compensation?
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation, injured employees must report their injuries to their employer within 30 days of being injured. Failing to report an injury to an employer in time can cause a person to lose their right to collect benefits. Reporting an injury in a timely manner can help speed up the approval process and avoid unnecessary delays.
Injured? Contact Alvandi Law Group, P.C. Today
If you have suffered a workplace injury, a knowledgeable Orange County workers’ compensation lawyer from Alvandi Law Group, P.C. can advocate on your behalf and fight to ensure you recover your deserved benefits. We have recovered millions on behalf of injured clients throughout Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino, giving us the tools you need to help you get through this difficult time as smoothly as possible.
To get started towards filing a claim, request a free consultation or call us today at (800) 980-6905.