Answering Common Workers’ Compensation Questions
Although nearly everyone has workers’ compensation, few know everything about the benefit. At Velilla Law Firm, we want to help answer some of your earlier questions about your coverage here:
Who is covered by workers’ compensation?
In the state of California, any employer with at least one employee is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees. That means that if you work for a company in California, you are covered by workers’ compensation.
Who pays for workers’ comp?
Employers are legally required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. They pay for it, which means that you do not. If you file a claim, you do not need to worry about a deductible or whether your premiums are going to rise. This is not your insurance policy.
How do I know if I have a case?
If you were injured on the job and needed either medical attention or time away from work to heal, you likely have a viable workers’ compensation case. If you are unsure, call us at the Velilla Law Firm to discuss the details of your situation. Your first consultation is free, so there is no risk.
I have a repetitive motion injury – am I eligible?
Yes. Repetitive motion injuries, or injuries that result from doing the same motions day after day, can be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. You just need to be able to prove that your stress injury was caused by your work responsibilities. This can be difficult, so call the Velilla Law Firm to discuss.
Why do I need a workers’ compensation attorney?
Sadly, both employers and insurance companies are for-profit entities, which means they are incentivized to pay you as little as possible. Neither your employer nor the insurance company has your health and wellness at heart. The only one who will truly prioritize your well-being is yourself and your legal counsel. Do not let yourself be taken advantage of by predatory employers and insurance companies. Fight fire with fire and stand up for your own rights. If you have been injured at work, you deserve full benefits from a workers’ compensation claim, and at the Velilla Law Firm, we will work to help you get it. Do not settle for anyone else.
Can I choose my own doctor?
If you predesignate which doctor you would like to see before the injury takes place, you are able to see that doctor after your accident. Otherwise, you will need to see your employer’s doctor.
What happens if my claim is denied?
Not every attorney would take your case if your claim was denied. We are not afraid of taking challenging cases. If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, we are ready to take your case to litigation for you. We have also received many referrals for these cases from other attorneys who won’t take them.
Do I have to return to work if I’m still in pain?
If you have reached the end of your recovery period, you will likely need to return to work. However, if you are still experiencing pain, you can consult with your doctor to see if they can extend your recovery period until you are fully healed. If your doctor does not extend the time you need to rest, reach out to us immediately for additional guidance.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
When you come to our Sacramento office, we do not want you to worry about how you will pay for our representation. To help you get the peace of mind you need in your claim, we only charge our clients if we win compensation for their injury or illness. Even then, we only collect our payment from the compensation you earn. This way, you will never have to pay for our services out of your own pocket.
Contact Us If You Have More Questions
It is understandable if you have more questions about workers’ compensation or your case in particular. To help you get the answers you are looking for, we offer free initial consultation to make the first step even easier in your case.
Ready to talk about your workplace injury? Contact us at the Velilla Law Firm today and remember that your first consultation is absolutely free. Fill out the contact form or call us today at 916-891-1111.