Workers' Compensation FAQ

Need legal insight for a workers' comp claim in Southern California?

What is workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation is intended to protect employees who are injured or develop an illness on the job or from work-related reasons. Whether it happened on work premises or while traveling for work-related business, employers are required by law to provide workers' compensation for their employees who obtain injuries for while on the job. Injury or illness can also accumulate over time, such as back pain, carpool tunnel, or illnesses like lung or heart conditions.

What does workers' compensation cover?
Depending on your particular injury, workers' compensation can cover the following expenses:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Temporary disability benefits to make up for lost wages

What course of action should I take if I've been injured at work?
After being injured due to a work-related accident or circumstance, inform your employer immediately, or within 30 days to ensure that you remain eligible for benefits and that a thorough investigation is conducted by your employer. Secondly, file a claim form and turn it in to your employer. You should also receive medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible.

Can my employer fire me if I file a claim against them?
It is against the law for employers to discriminate against an employee for the sole purpose of their filing a claim against them. If they fire you based on that reason, they can face several legal consequences for their actions should you choose to bring a suit against them.

Should I hire a workers' compensation attorney?
Yes. It is highly recommended to obtain legal services from a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney to help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation you need to care for your work-related injury or illness. If your claim is denied or the workers' compensation you are receiving does not cover your needs, a workers' compensation attorney can help you assess your alternative options.

If you would like to receive more information regarding workers' compensation, call Malter Law Corporation to speak with a helpful Woodland Hills workers' compensation attorney today!

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