When you are injured on the job, you anticipate that you will receive assistance to help with medical expenses, lost wages and other financial issues. However, it is safe to say that the changes in the California workers' compensation system tend to favor employers more than employees. Receiving benefits could be a long and frustrating process if you attempt to go it alone. Below are some of the issues that you could be confronted with as you attempt to navigate the process.
For instance, temporary disability is only available for two years. Yet, at the same time, retraining is not always available. If none of your body functions are impaired, you might not receive a monetary settlement even if you are not able to return to work because you are disabled. To complicate matters, the insurance company could dictate what doctors you see, and those doctors might not provide you with the treatment you need.
So where do you go from here? If you enlist the aid of an attorney, he or she can help you get the benefits you deserve. Asking the right questions and gathering the appropriate information are two of the tasks that an attorney can handle on your behalf. He or she will then present your case and possibly get you the help you need and deserve.
Regardless of whether your injuries are minor or severe, you are entitled to certain benefits. The California workers' compensation system might be a challenge for you to navigate alone. Having an advocate on your side could allow you to focus on your recovery instead of enduring the added stress that working through the process can cause.