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Workers’ Compensation Frequently Asked Questions

July 28, 2023 Legal Team

If you have been injured at your workplace, navigating the complexities of a workers’ compensation claim can be overwhelming and stressful. At Aegis Law Firm, our team of experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorneys understands the challenges you are facing.

Q: What is workers’ compensation?

A: Workers’ compensation in California is a system that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill in the course of their employment. It is a no-fault system, meaning that benefits are available to injured workers regardless of who is at fault for the injury.

Q: Who is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?

A: Almost all employees in California are covered by workers’ compensation, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers. Independent contractors are typically not eligible.

Q: What types of injuries and illnesses are covered?

A: Workers’ compensation covers a wide range of work-related injuries and illnesses, as long as it occurred while performing job-related duties or engaging in activities related to your employment.

Q: What should I do if I am injured at work in Los Angeles?

A: If you are injured at work, immediately report the injury to your employer or manager. Seek medical attention promptly, either by visiting an approved healthcare provider from your employer’s Medical Provider Network (MPN) or, in the case of an emergency, by going to the nearest hospital.

When you can write down everything you remember happening before your injury and whether there were witnesses. Ask your employer for the necessary workers’ compensation claim forms. Consult a Los Angeles employment law attorney as soon as possible for guidance and help navigating the process.

Q: Can I choose my own doctor for treatment?

A: In California, your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company may have a Medical Provider Network (MPN) that you must use for initial treatment. After a certain period, you may have the right to change doctors within the MPN. In certain circumstances, you may be able to obtain treatment outside the MPN with authorization.

Q: Can I be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim in California?

A: California law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for filing workers’ compensation claims. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated or otherwise retaliated against, you may have legal recourse.

Q: What if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

A: If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. You can seek legal representation to assist you with the appeal process and present your case before the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).

Q: What happens if my employer is uninsured and I’m hurt on the job?

A: It is a criminal offense for a California employer to not carry workers’ compensation insurance. As a result, they may face penalties and in addition you have the right to file a civil lawsuit in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim. They are still responsible for paying all bills related to your injury or illness.

Contact Us Today for Help

If you have been injured at work, do not hesitate to contact Aegis Law Firm. Let us help you navigate the workers’ compensation system and get the benefits you need to recover and move forward. Call (949) 379-6250 or message us online to arrange a free consultation today.