Generally, failure to timely notify your employer that an injury has occurred can tremendously impact your claim for workers’ compensation benefits. At the outset of your injury, as an employee, you are required to immediately notify your employer that you have suffered an injury on the job. Your employer will then need to provide you with a DWC-1 claim form which establishes that an injury has occurred. The DWC-1 claim form will then be sent to your employer’s insurance company who will process the claim and provide you with instructions on how to begin receiving medical treatment.
You might find that proceeding with your claim without representation from a workers’ comp attorney in Orange County can be quite difficult as dealing directly with claims adjusters from insurance companies can be quite time consuming. Similarly, you might also find that you may be able to reach the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim at the outset of your claim, but as your case proceeds, you might notice that you can no longer reach the insurance adjuster.
Our firm makes it easy for our workers’ comp clients by taking the case out of your hands by dealing directly with the insurance companies on your behalf. We will make sure that you receive the proper medical care you deserve as well as making sure that your wages and expenses are compensated through temporary and permanent disability awards. Your employer’s insurance company is responsible for paying all of your medical expenses, so if you are currently receiving bills for your doctor’s visits or for treatment that you have received in the past; you will need to tell your physician to send the bills directly to the insurance company.
It is important to understand that not everyone has a good case for worker’s compensation. The nature of your injury and the steps that you take at the outset of the injury, including the way in which you proceed with your claim, will determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Again, one of the most important steps to take is notifying your employer immediately when an injury has occurred.
During your initial consultation with our Orange County workers’ compensation attorney, you will be provided with our free case evaluation. During this process, we will discuss the facts of your case and determine whether good facts exist for representation. In the event that we retain you as a client for workers’ comp, our fee is paid to us by your employer’s insurance company, which means that you don’t directly pay us any legal fees whatsoever.
We understand that this can be a confusing process and you might not understand what steps to take at the beginning of your case. We therefore encourage you to contact our firm and ask us questions. We are more than happy to provide you with free insight and guidance for your workers’ compensation case in Orange County, California.