When you are injured at work, you may worry about reporting your injury to your employer. And for good reason. Many employees face discrimination, retaliation or even job loss when they file a work comp claim, even though this sort of retaliation is illegal. Reputable employers will follow the law, however. And if you plan to collect the benefits you deserve, you will need to report your injury. Attorney Fakhrudeen Hussain is a former insurance adjuster and attorney John Gutierrez spent over 23 years as a judge on the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. We have decades of experience with workers compensation claims, and we can help you through this process. Call us at 888-997-3701 for a free consultation. From our office in Van Nuys, we help injured workers throughout the Los Angeles area.
REPORTING YOUR INJURY IS THE FIRST STEP
Under California law, you have 30 days to report your injury to your employer. We recommend you report the injury as soon as possible, however. We understand that some injuries don’t show up immediately, and may take a few days to develop, but as soon as you realize that you have an injury, tell your immediate supervisor what happened and seek medical treatment right away. Be sure to choose the right doctor for your injury.
REQUIREMENTS FOR FILING YOUR CLAIM
The law requires your employer to give you (or mail you) a claim form called a DWC-1 within one day. If they do not give you the form, that could be a red flag, and you should contact an attorney right away. Likewise, call an attorney if you feel your employer is retaliating against you or threatens to fire you. In addition, you may decide you need an attorney’s help filling out the form. Once the form is complete, you file your claim by simply giving the form to your employer in person or mailing it through certified mail to ensure they receive it.
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Call our office for your free attorney consultation. You can stop by our Van Nuys office without an appointment, if you prefer. We are always happy to speak with you if we are available. You can also send us an email. We speak Spanish, Sinhala, Tamil, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu.Se habla español.