Workers' Comp: Medical Entitlements
What Is Covered in a Workers' Compensation Claim?
Any worker who is injured in a workplace accident has an employee's right to compensation. According to the California Labor Code, every employer is required to offer some form of
workers' compensation to cover any
workplace injury-related expenses. Such expenses include bills for medical treatment, doctors' visits, and prescription medications. However, when it comes to medical treatment, employers can try to avoid paying for compensation through threats and illegal restrictions.
An Employee's Rights in the Medical-Legal Evaluation Process
When it comes to workers' compensation benefits, employees injured on the job are usually allowed to visit their own doctor or choose from a list of physicians provided by their employer. As long as they follow the regulations, their expenses must be covered by their employer's insurance. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers to threaten their employees with termination if he or she seeks compensation for their medical care in an attempt to save themselves the expense of a higher insurance rate. This act is illegal. Discrimination against an employee because of their injury is a misdemeanor and could result in fines and time in jail for your employer.
An injured employee should also keep in mind that any evaluation made by a physician is not restricted to a workers' comp case alone. Should the employee choose to pursue a personal injury case, the same medical evaluation can be used in that legal process, as well. Therefore, it is very important that you hire a
Walnut Creek workers' comp attorney who can weigh your medical evaluation in the light of both a workers' comp claim and a personal injury claim and determine which option is best for you.
Speak with a Qualified Workers' Comp Lawyer in Walnut Creek: Call (888) 245-6507
Attorney Jonathan Brand has more than 20 years of experience handling both workers' compensation and personal injury cases. As a result, he is also skilled in crossover cases and could provide the representation you need for injury compensation involving multiple liable parties. By consulting with him today, you could soon learn his honest and straightforward approach to each and every case he handles. Find out for yourself by calling his offices today and scheduling your consultation.
Your expenses should be covered by your employer if you have been injured at work. To fight for maximum compensation, contact a Walnut Creek workers' comp attorney
from the Law Offices of Jonathan Brand today.