If you’ve been injured at work, one important step is to file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation is available specifically for employees who have been hurt on the job, yet not every claim is approved. In fact, many workers’ comp claims in California are denied for various reasons, including failure to properly file an accident report or a history of drug use. Here’s how to increase the chances that your workers’ compensation claim will be approved.
1. Fill Out an Accident Report Immediately
One of the most common reasons that a workers’ compensation claim is denied in California is because the injured party failed to fill out an accident report soon after the accident. While the statute of limitations on how long you can take to file an accident report varies from job to job, the general rule of thumb is “the sooner the better.” As soon as you are physically able to report the accident, obtain a formal accident report from your employer and fill it out to the best of your knowledge. Ask to keep a copy of the report for your own records.
2. Keep Copies of Your Medical Records
Most workers’ compensation claims force you to receive medical care from a doctor that the employer has previously approved, although in some cases, you may be able to see your own doctor. Either way, it’s important that you keep copies of all your medical records. This includes emergency treatment right after the injury and any follow-up treatment you need, such as physical therapy. By having all of your medical records readily available, you can easily demonstrate the need for medical coverage through workers’ compensation. If you don’t have your medical records available, or if your medical records don’t match up with your initial accident report, you may be denied coverage.
3. Contact a Skilled Orange County Work Injury Lawyer
One of the most important things you can do after you’re injured is to contact a seasoned Orange County work injury lawyer as quickly as possible. An attorney can assist you in filling out your work injury claim form properly and can communicate with your employer on your behalf. Many people wait until they are denied workers’ compensation to hire an attorney, but claims are typically approved without issue when you work with an attorney at the initial file of the claim.
At the Law Offices of Michael J. Holmes, we have worked with hundreds of individuals who have suffered a work-related injury. We are dedicated to helping injured people and their families recover physically and financially after an on-the-job accident. If you or someone you love have been injured at work and need to file for workers’ compensation, contact us today for a consultation. We can help you obtain the funds you need to cover your medical expenses and make up for lost time at work after an injury. Call today at (714) 202-0217.