Regardless of vocation, people from all walks of life take pride in their ability to work and provide a decent quality of life for themselves and their family. When people find themselves unable to work because of a sudden job-related injury or illness, life becomes difficult, stressful and uncertain.
This precisely is why workers’ compensation exists.
Generally, you have to file a claim with the workers’ comp appeals board within a year of the date of injury or within a year of last payment — this could be a temporary disability payment or another disbursement of a benefit. It is important to note that an employer has a responsibility to notify the injured worker of his or her rights. If it does not, the statute of limitation does not run. The employer has a right to conduct an investigation to determine whether to accept or reject a claim.
Medical evaluations then take place to determine extent of impairment or disability and award of settlement, including lifetime medical treatment as necessary. All settlements must be approved by a workers’ comp judge.
If it is not settled, the case may proceed to trial. A trial judge’s decision can be appealed by either party to the Workers’ Comp Appeals Board. From there, a party can appeal to the Court of Appeals.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, our team is prepared to take our decades of experience to fight for the benefits to which you are entitled.
In addition, we are able to work on third-party claims, ensuring that we recover all possible benefits/compensation to which you are entitled.
We want to mention that all work-related injuries should be reported to an employer immediately, and medical treatment sought immediately. If you are encountering any difficulties in the process, we encourage you to get in touch with our lawyers as soon as possible.