When you sustain a workplace injury in California, workers’ compensation benefits can make a considerable difference in your recovery experience. Handling things inefficiently after your injury could jeopardize your eligibility to receive benefits.
Familiarity with your employer’s compensation coverage can help you make sure you get the maximum value for your benefits. Similarly, you can avoid common mistakes that could reduce the value of what your employer offers.
File a claim
Contact your employer immediately after your injury. Waiting too long to file a claim can have a couple of repercussions. First, if the statute of limitations expires, your employer might deny your claim and disregard responsibility entirely. Second, you could forget details of your experience that might provide critical support to your claim.
Stay in touch
Keep in regular contact with your employer. Provide updates about your condition and make sure you receive adequate compensation for the financial ramifications of the incident. If you reach a point where you wish to return to work but have not yet completed your recovery, contact your employer and share your intentions with them. According to the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, your employer should provide accommodations, when appropriate, to allow you to return to work as quickly as possible.
Listen to doctor
Listen to your doctor and follow instructions for your recovery. Your health care provider might recommend therapy or rehabilitation to assist with your recovery. Inform your employer of any additional medical treatment you might need. Depending on the extent of your injuries and how at-fault your employer is, the benefits you have should absorb some or all the costs of rehabilitation.
Your diligence in responding efficiently to your situation can help you get the most out of your benefits.