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About The Workers Compensation Claim Process

When you have been injured on the job and want to pursue benefits, contact Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation for help. Retaining a Fresno workers' compensation lawyer as early as possible in the claims process can maximize your chances of being awarded the benefits you may deserve.

If you turn to our firm for assistance, our attorneys are able to fight any resistance to your claim and steer you away from common mistakes that could limit your eligibility. Our team includes a former workers' compensation judge, and with more than 60 years of combined experience, we know how to get results for our clients.

What You Can Expect During the Process

  • The claims process works as follows:
  • First, you must report the injury to your employer by filling out a claim form (it is necessary to notify your employer immediately after your injury, or in the case of cumulative injuries or occupational diseases, as soon as you are aware that it is the result of your job duties).
  • Next, retaining legal assistance is important as a Fresno workers’ compensation attorney can gather evidence to prove your eligibility, help you maximize the amount you can receive and explain your employer's responsibilities throughout the claims process (this may include working with a doctor to obtain the proper diagnosis of your condition and a prognosis for your expected recovery).
  • The last step of the claims process will be an investigation to ensure that you are qualified to receive benefits and to determine whether temporary disability or permanent disability payments are appropriate in your case.

How Do I Claim Workers' Compensation Benefits?

Do not wait until your claim has been approved before seeking medical treatment, as the claims administrator is required to authorize as much as $10,000 in care during the investigation of your claim. Be sure to follow your doctor's directions carefully, both to ensure that you achieve a full recovery and also to avoid being accused of trying to exploit the system on the grounds that you are observed doing things which your injury should prevent you from doing.

We will work tirelessly to move your claim through to completion with no delays, so that you can receive the benefits you need to pay for further treatment and to replace your lost wages. As early as possible after your injury, contact a Fresno workers' compensation lawyer from our firm for guidance throughout the process of claiming benefits.

For a free case evaluation, contact Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation at 1-800-848-6288 today.

For a free case evaluation with Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation call 1-800-848-6288 today!

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