Understanding worker’s compensation claim process in California

Work-related medically consulted injuries totaled 4.26 million in 2021, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). Unfortunate as they are, accidents happen in any workplace. Employees are unaware of their rights in this situation. Employees then fail to understand what steps they need to take to receive a good settlement.

If you are injured at work, you have a case. Understanding the worker’s compensation claim process is necessary to receive the support you need.

Step by step

  1. Notify your employer about the injury. This report should tell how the incident occurred and what your situation is. It should be reported within 30 days, or it may affect your claim.
  2. Check if your employer has a network of approved medical providers. Follow your employer’s instructions. Keep in mind the medical report will be crucial in your claim.
  3. Ask your employer for a claim form (DWC-1) within one working day of your injury report. Complete the form accurately and return it to your employer. They’ll then forward it to their insurance company.
  4. The insurance company will investigate your claim, which may involve speaking to witnesses, reviewing medical records, and assessing the incident’s circumstances.
  5. You’ll receive a notice about your claim’s approval or denial. If approved, you’ll receive benefits covering medical expenses and a portion of lost wages. If there’s a disagreement regarding your claim, you can seek assistance from the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to resolve the issue.

Our founding partner, Steven A. Meline, spent 12 years representing worker’s compensation insurance companies. He knows how they operate. Today, he uses that knowledge to help injured workers secure the largest settlement possible. If you’re facing challenges during your worker’s compensation claim process in California, our dedicated team at Meline & Vargas is here to guide you every step of the way.

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