Get Answers To Your Questions About Workers’ Compensation
If you have been injured on the job in California, you may have many questions about workers’ compensation and your rights. Eric M. Overholt, Esq., Attorney at Law, is a strong advocate for injured workers in San Diego and throughout Southern California. Attorney Overholt is here to answer any questions you may have about workers’ compensation law. This page will cover some of the most frequently asked questions.
What should I do if I have been injured at work?
First of all, ensure your safety by removing yourself from harm’s way and, if necessary, obtaining emergency medical treatment. Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. Fill out a workers’ compensation claim form and give it to your employer. If you do not act within 30 days of your accident, you could lose your eligibility for benefits.
What benefits am I entitled to?
Workers’ compensation law provides benefits for medical treatment, wage loss, temporary and permanent disability, rehabilitation and vocational training. The specific benefits you are entitled to depend upon the nature and extent of your injury. When accidents are fatal, workers’ compensation law provides death benefits to surviving family members.
How do I know if my medical treatment is covered?
Disputes regarding the necessity of medical treatment are resolved by physicians through a process called independent medical review. If you disagree with the decision, you have the right to contest it.
What if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?
Do not despair if your claim is denied. You may file an appeal with a workers’ compensation judge. An experienced lawyer can help you make the most of your appeal, compiling medical documentation, witness testimony and other evidence that supports your claim. Learn more about my experience in trials and appeals.
Can I also file a personal injury claim?
If your injury was caused by a negligent third party, you may pursue personal injury compensation in addition to your workers’ comp benefits. Examples of third-party accidents include motor vehicle accidents while performing work duties or injuries caused by faulty machinery and equipment.
Speak With A Knowledgeable Lawyer Today
For informed answers pertaining to your specific circumstances, talk with an attorney who is knowledgeable in California workers’ compensation laws. You can reach attorney Eric M. Overholt by telephone at 619-908-1563 or online by filling out a brief contact form.