California workers’ comp laws provide protections for employees who sustain injuries on the job. In general, employers are required to obtain worker’s compensation insurance coverage for California employees. Employees’ have workers’ comp rights, such as the right to receive compensation for injuries and the right to pursue a workers’ compensation claim without being fired or otherwise punished by employers in retaliation.
California workers’ compensation attorney Joseph Kritzer has represented injured employees in workers’ compensation cases for more than 20 years. We know that even when employees are legally entitled to compensation, employers and insurance companies can make the financial recovery process challenging. We protect injured employees’ rights and fight for the medical care and compensation that they deserve.
Workers’ Comp Rights To Medical Care And Providers
If you predesignated a medical provider, you might see your predesignated physician or medical group for your work injuries. If you did not predesignate a provider and your employer or insurer has a designated medical provider network, you will probably need to be treated in that network. If your employer or insurer has contracted with a health care organization, you will probably be treated by the organization.
Employees are not responsible for the cost of their medical care related to work injuries. Under California law, when medical providers know that injuries are work-related, they are prohibited from billing patients for the treatment and care they have provided. So if your medical provider understands that your injuries are work-related, you should not see any medical bills.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits And Protections
Depending on your injuries, workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to include medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits, and death benefits. As mentioned above, your employer is prohibited from firing or punishing you for making a workers’ compensation claim. If your employer does retaliate against you, you may have a claim outside of workers’ compensation against your employer.
Challenging A Claim Or Benefits Denial
You might have disagreements with your physician or the claims administrator about your injuries and benefits coverage. For example, you may be denied a particular medical treatment that you believe you should have because your doctor or the claims administrator does not believe your injuries are as serious as you think they are. In this case, you may have the right to a medical examination conducted by a third party to help settle the dispute.
In other cases, your workers’ compensation claim may be denied altogether. This is not necessarily the final say in your workers’ compensation claim, however. If your claim is denied, you have the right to object to the denial, and a judge will ultimately determine your workers’ compensation rights. You must follow the specified filing process and meet the required filing deadlines to challenge the denial.
Legal Representation For California Workers’ Comp Rights
When it comes to California workers’ comp laws, attorney Joseph Kritzer knows that employees have an advantage when they have qualified legal representation. Experienced attorneys understand the laws and how they apply to different cases.
As an injured employee, you have the right to seek legal representation to handle document preparation, filings, insurance negotiations, and every other aspect of your workers’ compensation case.