Once you get injured on the job, you are eligible to receive workers compensation, which will cover your medical costs and treatments, as well as provide you with 2/3 of your lost wages. But, there are many cases where the injured workers were denied its workers compensation. Sometimes, it is the work of the insurance company; however, sometimes it is the work of the employer. What do you do if your employer wrongfully denied your workers compensation claim? Is there anything you can actually do?
Our highly qualified Workers Compensation Attorneys in Los Angeles suggest you seek professional legal help in dealing with your employer. Here’s what you should do.
Make sure you Reported the Injury on Time
The first thing you should do to ensure that your benefits stay intact is filed an injury report and have it delivered to your superiors. Normally, this should be done within the first 30 days. If your injury prevents you to submit a report within those 30 days, your attorneys could ask for an extension of the deadline.
If your employer denies your benefits as you have failed to deliver a report within the first 30 days, even though your attorney asked for an extension, you have every right to file a lawsuit against your employer. Once the lawsuit is successful, your employer’s insurance company will cover your attorney’s fees.
Dodging the Responsibilities
Almost every employer is required to have work comp insurance for all types of employees. This is why employees all over California are eligible to receive workers compensation if an injury occurs at the workplace. But what happens if the employer tries to dodge his/her responsibilities? What if you re asked to take sick leave when you get injured or asked to go see a doctor appointed by the insurance company only to end up paying for your own medical examination?
When and if something like this happens, you will be left at the mercy of your employer. You have no idea what is going on, and you are alone and confused. This is where they take advantage of you and manipulate you into paying what they should.
This is one of the reasons why having a skilled Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorney by your side is mandatory. A person with knowledge and experience will help guide you through the process, explain your rights to you and ensure that no one mistreats you.
Refusal to Pay for Medical benefits
Many employers may also try and refuse to pay for your medical costs. You will be sent to the doctor appointed by the insurance company, but your medical payments will be denied and you will have to pay for everything out of your own pocket. And since you won’t be able to work for a while, paying what you have for your medical bills could leave you and your family empty-handed.
Know your rights. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Seek one of our attorneys, let them handle things for you, and avoid becoming another victim of the faulty system. Fight for what is yours, and don’t settle for less than you deserve.