Workmans Comp: Tips for the Injured Worker

The Labor Code states that workers are entitled to a number of benefits from ailments and injuries which can be traced to the performance of their jobs. These workmans comp should be studied carefully and maximized for faster recovery. First there is medical care which employers are duty-bound to pay for to ensure that their employees bounce back to good health. Next there are the temporary disability benefits which are meant to offset lost wages because of incapacity to work during the recovery period. On the other hand permanent disability benefits are much higher and are provided when the injury is the type from which complete recover is not possible such as the total loss of vision or dismemberment. Another is the supplemental job displacement benefit meant to assist those who cannot return to work because of their disability. Last are death benefits instituted to take care of the dependents of the deceased.

Medical problems are creep slowly from repeated physical mental or emotional stress. They could also spring up suddenly from accidents or security issues. If an employee feels like he or she is developing a medical problem at work a report must be filed to the manager at once and in writing. This early notice puts an exact date on the beginning of the problem which will become important should the issue progress. State the reasons why it is caused by the current job. Medical care compensation will proceed smoother if the case is properly documented. Conversely the employer may be able to reject the claim if the injury is not reported within 30 days. For medical emergencies call 911 at once and inform the staff of the nature of the damage.

While a fully functioning system is in place to help injured workers get back on their feet after an injury the best way to go is to avoid accidents and other health issues at work completely. The law requires California employers to institute a program that would prevent such things from happening. Employees can help strengthen these programs by participating actively in company discussions and making helpful recommendations. If the employer is unresponsive despite evidence of danger workers can file a report to the local union or the appropriate state agency.

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