If you live in the state of California and you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to benefits under California’s Workers Compensation Act. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a complicated process. Attorneys Byron Smith and Bernhard Baltaxe at Smith & Baltaxe, LLP in San Francisco, CA, can help you determine if you meet the requirements for worker's compensation and assist you in filing a workers’ compensation claim in an accurate and punctual manner. You can reach us at (415) 292-7800 or send us a message online to book a free case review.
Reporting the Injury
The first step before filing a workers’ compensation claim is to seek immediate medical care. In an emergency situation, you should visit the nearest hospital for treatment. In other instances, you may need to locate a specific provider within the company’s insurance network. In either case, it is important to inform your medical team that your injuries are job-related.
After you have received medical care, you should report your illness or injury to your employer. In the state of California, written notice must be given within 30 days of the incident. Otherwise, you could lose your right to workers’ comp benefits. However, there are certain exceptions. For instance, if your injury resulted in a coma that left you unable to provide notice, you may be able to file a claim.