Every California worker’s job comes with some sort of risk to your health and well-being. Serious and/or debilitating injuries can occur in any line of work. If you do suffer such an injury, you will undoubtedly consider obtaining workers’ compensation benefits to help you with your medical needs and lost wages. The problem is that your employer and the insurance company may do whatever possible to either delay or deny your claim.
Whether you were involved in a workplace accident in which you suffered a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or some other injury, you deserve benefits. The same is true for those who suffer from repetitive motion injuries, cumulative injuries or illnesses whose symptoms fail to appear for years. The key is that the illness or injury was the result of your work.
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may not even be able to perform the work duties you performed prior to your injury. In that case, you may be in need of other benefits that workers’ compensation provides. Temporary and permanent disability, vocational rehabilitation and other benefits may help you move forward with your life even if your injuries force you to change your career path.
If you need help obtaining these benefits, you may want to consult with a California workers’ compensation attorney. He or she understands the pitfalls of seeking benefits, along with what is required to obtain all of the benefits to which you may be entitled. You should be able to take the time you need to recover from your injuries or adapt to a new way of life, if necessary. Letting someone else advocate for you through the process could help ensure that your claim is not delayed or denied.