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3 tips for filing workers' compensation in San Diego

If you suffer an injury at your workplace, there are specific steps that you must follow to claim workers' compensation benefits. California law requires employers to carry insurance to cover worker injuries and to pay for the policy.

Filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits is not as straightforward as it may seem. It is important for you to understand how to proceed, from the very moment you suffer your injury or discover your injury. These three tips will get you off to a good start, and then you can take the rest of your questions to an employment law attorney who can help you with any complications.

1. Report your injury right away

Sometimes employees neglect to report an injury because they are afraid of employer retaliation. However, you should always report an on-the-job injury as soon as possible. It is unlawful for an employer to terminate an employee for a legitimate workers' compensation claim. There are time limits regarding how long you can wait before reporting your injury. Waiting more than 30 days could jeopardize your chances to receive benefits.

2. Consider hiring a workplace injury attorney

Although it may seem as though you can easily file a claim with your employer and then move forward, many workers' compensation cases require an attorney's assistance. Especially if you have a serious injury or need to take time off work to recover, you could benefit from a skilled attorney's assistance. It can be difficult to negotiate with insurance companies. This is just one of the many tasks that a lawyer can take off of your hands.

3. Do not give up on a denied claim

If the California workers' compensation system denies your claim, you should not give up. It is common for the system to deny or delay medical treatment and/or financial compensation. This is another area where an attorney may be able to help you recover the compensation you need to fully recover from your injury.

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