Attorneys Tips for Los Angeles Workers’ Comp Cases–
As with any type of emergency, being prepared can make all of the difference in the outcome. The best way to prepare for a Los Angeles worker’s comp case is to understand your legal rights and responsibilities.
Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys have successfully obtained workers’ comp benefits for thousands of clients. This article contains a few legal “tips” to maximize your ability to collect the workers’ compensation for which you qualify.
Remember, though, there is no substitute for the advice of an experienced workers comp attorney! You call our workers’ comp law firm today for a free, no obligation consultation to understand how the law applies to your unique situation.
Designate a Treating Physician
Your employer has a form that you can complete which informs your employer who you choose to be your treating doctor should you be injured at work. If you haven’t done so, pre-designate your treating doctor – before a workers’ compensation claim arises. Be sure to date the pre-designation form and keep a copy for your records.
Your family doctor is usually a good choice. Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys recommend that you designate your personal doctor because they have gotten to know you over the years and are in a better position to give you the best personal medical care – rather than a doctor who is called in on an emergency & doesn’t know your medical history.
If no pre-injury choice has been made, your employer will have the right to control your medical treatment until you have an opportunity to elect a change of doctors, 30 days after the date your injury is reported.
Take Inventory of Other Insurance Policies
Short or Long Term Disability policies, and/or mortgage insurance policies, may be lifesavers if you are not able to return to work within a reasonable time. They may be especially important if your employer or their insurance company initially refuses to pay your workers comp benefits! Supplemental insurance policies you may have can “tide you over” until your attorney gets the Workers’ Comp benefits you deserve.
Report Your Workplace Injury to Your Supervisor Immediately
Ask your supervisor for an “Employee’s Claim for Workers’ Compensation Benefits” Form (DWC Form 1). Complete the top portion of the form. Always request that your copy be given to you – with the employer’s portion completed- on the same day, if at all possible.
Of course, if you have trouble with this or any part of the application process, our workers’ compensation attorneys will be happy to help you.
Ask for the Workers Comp Doctor’s Phone Number
Your employer is required by law to provide this information to you. If you experience any trouble getting this information from your employer, our workers’ compensation attorneys will be happy to help you get the information you need.
Consult with an Experienced Los Angeles Workers’ Comp Attorney
Having an experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney is an important resource in guiding you successfully through the workers compensation process. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys are certified by the California Bar Association as Certified Specialists in workers’ compensation law. We know how to speed your case along and what to do to obtain the maximum benefits. You will never be charged for an initial consultation with our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys.
Our knowledgeable attorneys will fight aggressively to obtain the workers’ comp benefits you are entitled to. And, if your injury prevents you from returning to your same pre-injury occupation, our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure that you and your family are taken care of financially.