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Workers Compensation Tips

Report Your Work Injury

  • If you have a work injury in California, report it, and fill out a DWC-1. Keep copies of everything, so you can know what is going on your case, and if you hire an attorney, the attorney can review the records.

​Mileage Reimbursement

  • Remember, send your mileage reimbursements when you have a workers' compensation claim. Every time you drive to the doctor's office, go to physical therapy, or pick up a prescription, list your mileage and send in the form promptly. Do not lose out on benefits!

Choice of Doctor

  • If you have a workers' compensation case in California, you can change doctors to another doctor in the insurance carrier's MPN. You are not stuck with the first clinic your work picked.

Follow Doctor's Restrictions

  • Always follow your doctor's restrictions! Always keep in mind what you can and cannot do. Do not re-injure yourself or get worse by trying to do more. If your doctor's restrictions are not enough, talk to you doctor and see if you need new restrictions.

Interpreter

  • If you are more comfortable speaking another language, the Labor Code gives you the right to an interpreter in that language when going to the doctor or to court. It is a part of reasonable medical treatment.

Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit/Return to Work Voucher

  • Do you have an injury after 01/01/2013 in California, permanently disabled, and your work cannot offer a job w/in your restrictions? Apply for the Return to Work fund and Job Displacement Voucher. RTW is $5k and the Voucher is a $6k coupon for job training. That is $11k worth of benefits!

Termination

  • If you have a work injury, your employer cannot retaliate because you filed a workers comp claim.  If you have been terminated and you believe the reason is because you filed a claim, talk to a workers’ comp attorney!  

Redula & Redula LLP helps injured workers who live and work in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.  We help injured workers apply for workers’ compensation benefits after work injuries - specific injuries, cumulative trauma (repetitive work injuries), psychiatric injuries, death benefits cases, subsequent injuries benefits trust fund cases (SIBTF), slip and falls, carpal tunnel syndrome.    

 

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