If I work in a factory in San Diego, it is likely that I am on my feet most of the time or continually picking up heavy objects. This can lead to debilitating back injuries that may prevent me from going to work. This is distressing, especially if my family is depending on me to bring in a regular income. Fortunately, options exist to help me cover my expenses when I cannot work due to an injury. One of these options is pursuing workers’ compensation.
What medical care is covered by workers’ compensation?
In general, workers’ compensation covers emergency room or urgent care visits, diagnostic testing, surgery and rehabilitation related to the workplace injury. It is important to note that every state has its own laws on workers’ compensation, so what is covered by one state may not be covered by another.
Reporting a workplace injury
If I suffer a back injury on the job, I need to let my supervisor or human resources department of the injury. There may be a limited window for filing a workers’ compensation claim. The longer I wait to file a claim, the greater the chance that my employer can challenge the validity of my claim.
Will I need to see a specialist?
If I suffer a back injury on the job, you may be required to see an occupational therapist in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. This may include physical therapies, diagnostic studies and medication. If these treatments do not help my injuries, I may be referred to a spine specialist for additional treatment including spinal injections or surgery.
What documentation will my employer need regarding my medical care?
Generally, in order to obtain workers’ compensation, my employer will want to see my treatment plan and my health care provider’s clinic notes. There will be communication between my health care provider, my employer’s human resources department and my employer’s insurance carrier in order to determine when I may be able to return to the workplace.
Learn more about workers’ compensation in California
This is only a basic overview of workers’ compensation in California. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who want further information on workers’ compensation are encouraged to explore our firm’s website to learn more about this important topic.