What happens if you are injured while working at home for your employer? Can you receive workers’ compensation in California? The answer is yes, but take care not to make mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.
Follow the claims application process closely
Even though you may be working from home, your employer is still required to provide you with a safe environment during your workday. That means you should have equipment and supplies that will make your job safe and comfortable to avoid on-the-job injuries. Skipping one or more of the steps may prompt your employer to deny the claim. When you have been injured at home while working, make sure you do the following:
- Report the incident immediately to your employer.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
- Initiate the claims process immediately after telling your employer.
- Provide information about what happened.
- Keep good records.
In addition, you should avoid going back to work too soon following your injury. Another mistake that people often make is to post about their injury on social media. Avoid doing so at all costs.
Why hiring an attorney is important
When it comes to workers’ compensation claims for injuries suffered at home, many employers will do all they can do to avoid paying your claim. They might say that the accident was your fault or that it occurred in an area of your home where you do not work.
Hiring an attorney experienced in filing workers’ compensation claims may help maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. A legal professional may ensure that you do not make mistakes in the application process that could hurt your claim.