If you were injured on the job, you have a legal right to compensation, including medical treatment, disability payments, rehabilitation, and more. In California you have one year from the date you knew about or should have known about your injuries to report them to your employer and to the California Department of Industrial Relations. Failure to do so can result in you waiving your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
Don’t be bullied by a reluctant employer or an insurance company that refuses to cooperate. Your employer is required by law to participate in a workers' compensation program and provide you with the resources and materials informing you of your rights under this program. As an employee you are legally entitled to make a claim on this program and pursue your rights to that compensation if you are injured while on the job. California has the added benefit of being considered a no-fault state, which means even if you contributed to the conditions that led to your workplace accident, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Because the realm of workers’ compensation is so complex, it is strongly advised that you have a skilled legal guide to navigate you through the process. Without legal representation, it is easy to become overwhelmed at the intricacies of the legal process, and it's easy to want to simply give up without receiving what you are legally owed when your employer's insurance company fights back. At Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation, you can count on us to aggressively pursue your legally owed compensation in order to keep your life flowing as smoothly as possible.
Whether your initial claim has been denied or whether you are simply confused about how the law works and how to obtain all of the disability benefits you need for optimum medical treatment, our Santa Maria workers’ compensation attorneys have the answers you can count on.