Frequently Asked Questions On Workers’ Compensation
If you are filing for workers’ compensation – especially if you are filing for the first time – you probably have many questions. Those questions can make filing for workers’ compensation daunting, but there are experienced guides who can ensure that you have answers.
At , our team can help you navigate the questions that you have about your workers’ compensation claim. We are dedicated to helping clients in the Los Angeles area get answers to their workers’ compensation questions and get the medical and financial support that they need to heal.
I’ve Filed My Workers’ Compensation Claim – What Happens Next?
Once you’ve filled out your claim form, your employer will fill out their section of the form and send the form to their insurance company. After you have received a copy of the completed form for your records, you should learn more about the status of your claim in a few weeks.
Why Would I Need A Lawyer For Workers’ Compensation?
There are a variety of reasons to get a lawyer when filing for workers’ compensation. An attorney can help you navigate a complex case or negotiate if you have a conflict with the claims administrator. An attorney can also appeal a denied claim. While a lawyer isn’t necessary for any of these steps, you might benefit from having an experienced guide to the workers’ compensation system.
Can My Employer Fire Me Because I Filed For Workers’ Compensation?
No, your employer cannot fire you because you filed for workers’ compensation, but employers can fire you while your claim is open and show other reasons for that termination. If you suspect that the true reason for your firing was your workers’ compensation claim, it is important to save documents that might prove that your employer was discriminating or retaliating against you. It’s also important to speak to an attorney about the issue you are facing.
What Is A Qualified Medical Evaluator?
Injured workers may have their injuries examined by a Qualified Medical Evaluator to evaluate their injuries and determine whether they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Typically, three physicians chosen by the insurer are provided to evaluate your injuries. These doctors are paid by the insurance company, and they will probably focus on the interests of that insurance company instead of yours. If this leads them to deny your benefits unfairly, speak to an attorney.
Can I Get Workers’ Compensation If My Injury Isn’t The Result Of An Accident?
The answer to this question depends on the injury. If your injury or illness was caused by your job – the result of repetitive stress due to the requirements of your job or repeated exposure to chemicals as a part of your work environment, for example – then you may still be eligible for workers’ compensation. It may be helpful to speak to an attorney if you are wondering whether your condition could be work-related.
What If My Claim Is Denied?
If your claim has been denied, that’s not the end of your claim. You can appeal this decision. It is also possible to file a personal injury lawsuit if your workplace accident was the result of a person or company’s negligent action. It may be helpful to speak to an attorney if your claim is denied – your lawyer can help you explore your options and choose which course of action is right for you.
Speak To An Attorney To Learn More
If you still have questions, speak to an attorney to get answers. You can reach our experienced team by phone at or through our online contact form to arrange an initial consultation.