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Following Medical Recommendations after a Work Injury

Following Medical Recommendations after a Work Injury

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If you have recently been injured in a workplace accident, it’s critical that you understand how your actions can affect your ability to get workers’ compensation benefits - or compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, in some cases. While you may feel like your injuries will get better on their own or that your doctor’s treatment recommendations are unnecessary, it’s critical that you follow them in order to get the benefits or compensation to which you are entitled under California law. Insurance Companies are on the Lookout for Fraud Workers’ compensation benefits are never guaranteed, as the insurance company determines the benefits it will pay. You can bet that workers’ compensation insurance adjusters will be doing everything they can to identify when a claim is invalid or is the product…
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Reporting Your Workplace Accident

Reporting Your Workplace Accident

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When a workplace accident happens, you might be tempted to stay quiet and wait to see whether your injuries subside on their own. This can be a big mistake. If you feel any pain or discomfort after an accident on the job, you should immediately report what happened to your employer and tell them you need medical attention. The initial report of the workplace accident is key if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you can inform your employer right away, it is a good idea to do so. If you need emergency care and do not have the chance to tell your supervisor, you must provide them notice within 30 days in California. Even if your supervisor heard about the accident and your injuries from other…
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Did Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits End Too Soon?

Did Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits End Too Soon?

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After a work-related injury, obtaining approval for workers’ compensation benefits can be a huge relief. You can focus on your physical recovery and not on your financial situation once you know your medical expenses are covered and that you will receive some wage replacement benefits while you are out of work. However, many injured workers suddenly receive notice that their benefits have been canceled or reduced. There are different reasons why your benefits may be suddenly cut off, including: The insurance company claims that certain medical treatment was not necessary for your injury Your employer or the insurer believes you are able to return to work Learning that your benefits have suddenly stopped can be concerning, especially if you are still dealing with a serious injury. Always be careful what…
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Be Aware of Workers’ Compensation Fraud Schemes

Be Aware of Workers’ Compensation Fraud Schemes

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When you apply for workers’ compensation benefits after a work-related injury, you are looking for financial relief, and the last thing you likely expect is to suffer additional financial losses. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns people across the United States of fraudsters who aim to take advantage of people in this situation. Recently, a group of people in San Diego engaged in a fraud scheme posing as a hotline to help injured workers, mostly targeting migrant seasonal workers. The workers thought they were calling to get legal and medical help when the fraudsters instead subjected the patients to unnecessary and intrusive medical procedures to defraud workers’ compensation insurers. The scheme used flyers, billboards, and other ads to target people in industries with a high risk of injuries.…
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How Social Media Might Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits

How Social Media Might Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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When you suffer injuries due to a work-related accident, you may be tempted to discuss the matter on various social media platforms. People may use social media to keep family members and friends updated about their condition, or perhaps just as an outlet to vent and relieve stress. In any situation, you should be extremely careful about what you post - or you should consider staying off social media altogether. This is because certain social media posts may negatively impact your workers’ compensation claim or benefits. Insurance Investigations Workers’ compensation insurance companies will not simply trust your claims that you suffered serious injuries and cannot work. Instead, they will generally investigate whether your claims are valid. This can include reviewing medical records, treatment recommendations, prognosis notes, and more. These investigations…
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Workers’ Compensation in California FAQ

Workers’ Compensation in California FAQ

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While you may know that your employer should provide benefits after a work-related injury, many people have many questions about how to receive those benefits. The following are some common questions about how the workers’ compensation system works in California. If you need help with a claim, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Los Angeles today. What types of injuries are covered by workers’ comp? You should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for any type of injury or illness that stemmed from your job duties. Some common conditions include: Head and brain injuries Broken bones Back injuries Soft tissue injuries Repetitive stress injuries Toxic exposure illnesses and injuries Whether your job duties caused a fracture or a life-threatening illness, the law entitles you to benefits. What benefits can I receive?…
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What if Your Employer Does Not Have the Required Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

What if Your Employer Does Not Have the Required Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

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California law requires all drivers to have auto insurance, though many people get into accidents with uninsured drivers on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the same can be true for workers’ compensation insurance. California law requires employers to either carry workers’ compensation coverage or be self-insured, though many workers suffer injuries only to learn there is no insurance coverage available for them. If you learn that your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced Sherman Oaks workers’ comp attorney. A lawyer can review the details of your situation and identify your options. The State of California can impose civil penalties on companies for not have the necessary insurance - up to $100,000 depending on the circumstances. It is also a criminal…
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Workers’ Compensation Claims after a Head Injury

Workers’ Compensation Claims after a Head Injury

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Head injuries can happen on the job in many ways. Some of the most common causes include falls, explosions, getting hit by falling objects, motor vehicle or heavy machinery accidents, and more. No matter how a head injury happens, the workers compensation claim that follows can be complicated and frustrating. You should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks for assistance as soon as possible after your accident. Effects of Head Injuries Head trauma can result in a variety of injuries, including the following: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Skull fractures Eye or ear injuries Facial and jaw injuries Perhaps the most complex injury from head trauma is a TBI. These injuries can range from mild to severe, though they are always a serious medical issue that requires immediate medical…
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Workers’ Compensation Concerns for Construction Workers

Workers’ Compensation Concerns for Construction Workers

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Almost anyone can suffer injuries at work - even if you work in an office building with seemingly few hazards. However, some people go to work each day well-aware of the inherent risks of accidents and injuries that come with their jobs, including construction workers. Construction sites are almost everywhere you look around Los Angeles, whether crews are building new structures, repairing buildings, or maintaining or improving roads. No matter where a construction crew is assigned, you can bet there are numerous hazards that can lead to construction accidents. Construction accidents can happen in many different ways, including: Falling objects hit a worker on the ground below A worker falls from a high place, such as a ladder, roof, or scaffolding Power tool malfunctions Heavy equipment accidents Traffic accidents in…
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How Does a Pre-existing Condition Affect a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

How Does a Pre-existing Condition Affect a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Most of us have had some type of injury in the past, and the effects of certain injuries may be lingering. If you hurt yourself at work, a pre-existing condition may complicate your workers’ compensation claim. If you had an injury before a work accident caused new injuries or aggravated old ones, you should seek legal assistance from a workers’ compensation attorney right away. There are different situations in which a pre-existing condition may be an issue in your claim: You had a previous injury that had completely healed, and your workplace accident reaggravated the same type of injury again. You had a previous injury and still have some symptoms, and your workplace accident significantly worsened the injury and symptoms. You had a previous injury (whether or not you still…
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