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Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C., has a proven track record of handling workers’ compensation cases in Northern California. Our local Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience boldly representing thousands of injured employees with their workers’ compensation cases. If you were injured on the job, our attorneys have the knowledge and skills to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured at work, give one of our knowledgeable attorneys at Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys P.C. a call. We will gladly provide you with a FREE no-obligation consultation.
SACRAMENTO WORKERS' COMPENSATION TRIAL ATTORNEYS - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A workers’ compensation attorney is tasked with representing an injured worker and aiding them in obtaining benefits when they file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. While insurance companies typically provide medical treatment and/or temporary disability payments, they often start to delay benefits to pressure you into returning to work too soon or settling your case for too little. A workers’ compensation attorney will:
- Answer client questions so they are informed about all of their rights
- Assist the client with filing or amending a claim for workers’ compensation benefits
- Communicate with medical providers to obtain necessary reports
- Represent clients at hearings, trials, depositions, etc.
- Negotiate settlements, when possible or take to trial, when necessary
The process to receive your workers’ compensation can be hard and confusing. When you hire a Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorney, we will help you through every step of the process and reduce most of the difficulties.
If you are injured at work, your first step is to notify your employer of the incident. If it’s an emergency, you may seek treatment first. When you are getting treatment, you should inform the doctor treating you that your injury is work-related. Don’t forget to keep records of visits and copies of any documentation given during the process.
It is essential to report your injury to your employer as soon as you have been injured on the job to protect your workers’ compensation rights and avoid a delayed or denied claim. After reporting your injury, your employer is required by law to provide you a DWC1 form. If you do not receive this form, one of our Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys can provide it for you so you can file a claim for workers’ compensation.
After filing a claim, your claim will be approved, delayed, or denied. A Sacramento workers’ compensation attorney will help you through the process should your claim not be approved. Depending on the outcome of your claim, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will then decide what, if any, benefits you will receive. Our Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys are incredibly experienced and will help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Those benefits could include medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental disability benefits, or death benefits.
Medical Provider Networks are the doctors approved by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company to treat work-related injuries. Virtually all workers’ compensation insurance companies utilize the Medical Provider Network system. If they do so correctly and you are injured on the job, you are required to see a doctor in their network. The Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys have worked on thousands of cases and can help you make the right decision when choosing a doctor in a Medical Provider Network.
The doctor you choose should treat your injuries based on the Medical Treatment Guidelines for your injury. If the insurance company does not approve your claim right away, you may be able to receive up to $10,000 in treatment within approved Medical Treatment Guidelines while waiting for the claim decision.
One way to monitor the treatment you receive is for your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company to conduct a utilization review. This will determine if your doctor’s request for treatment is necessary. If your treatment is denied after your utilization review, you then have the right to request an Independent Medical Evaluation. Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys have guided many clients through utilization reviews and Independent Medical Evaluations.
Our experienced Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys have worked on a variety of workers’ compensation cases with various injuries. If you were involved in a traumatic event and injured your back, shoulder, head, neck, knee, foot, ankle, or elbow, a Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorney will help you understand how to can get workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries. Our attorneys are also very knowledgeable about workplace injuries that occurred because of repetitive trauma or resulted in an occupational illness like chemical exposure, carpal tunnel syndrome, or hearing loss. We also aid families in wrongful death workers’ compensation cases.
There are countless ways people are injured on the job each year. Construction accidents, industrial accidents, and car or truck accidents are just a few ways workers are injured on the job. Our Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys are very knowledgeable in all types of workers’ compensation cases. If you are a firefighter, police officer, or someone in a profession with high injury rates, our attorneys have the experience you need to win your case.
No, most workers’ compensation cases do not go to trial. Too many unrespected employees will just accept the lowball number offered and settle. We can usually get the insurance company to voluntarily agree to pay what we think is necessary to resolve the case. However, if we cannot, we will go to trial and attempt to convince the judge that our demand is the correct amount.
After a work-related injury, a doctor will evaluate your injuries and determine if you should return to work without restrictions, return to work with some restrictions, or if you should be completely off of work.
As a general rule, no, you cannot sue your employer for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is typically reserved for personal injury lawsuits, and not permitted in workers’ compensation cases. There are, however, a few limited situations in which you can sue your employer outside of the workers’ compensation system.
Absolutely. If you witnessed or experienced your employer violate any health or safety codes, then you can report your employer for OSHA violations. While you cannot sue your employer for OSHA violations, you may be able to file a petition for serious and willful misconduct if you were injured because of the violations. Pursuing a serious and willful misconduct petition is very technical, so it is best to have a workers’ compensation attorney assist you.
You cannot collect state disability and workers’ compensation benefits at the same time. However, you can file for state disability insurance while you are waiting to receive your workers’ compensation benefits or if your workers’ compensation benefits stop.
A consultation with an attorney is free, consequently the Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C. recommend you at least consult with an attorney before settling a workers’ compensation claim on your own.
Contact us immediately if you believe your workplace is unsafe, violating OSHA requirements, or if you believe your injury was caused by serious and willful negligence or misconduct by your employer.
If you have any questions regarding the workers’ compensation process or your claim, do not hesitate to reach out. The experienced attorneys at Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C., have the knowledge and skill to get you through the workers’ compensation process. To receive your FREE consultation, call our professional team of workers’ compensation attorneys today.