Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim in the Bay Area
Located in San Mateo, California, DuRard, McKenna & Borg is dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured workers. When you become ill or injured at the workplace, we put our talents to work to get you the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers provide workers' compensation and injury law services to the San Francisco Bay Area.
California law requires your employer’s insurance company or your employer, if self-insured, to compensate you for an injury or illness directly caused by your employment. However, you must file your claim properly.
Basic Steps to Filing for Workmans Comp Benefits in San Francisco
Every workers' compensation claim begins with an injury or illness at work. You must immediately notify your supervisor of the incident to begin the process for workmans compensation benefits.
In return, he or she will give you a claim form, also available online. Fill out the employee section and return it to your employer as soon as possible. You should also make a copy for your records.
Your employer completes his or her portion of the form and sends a copy to you and the insurance company. The law requires your employer to provide the form to file a Bay Area workers' comp claim and authorize medical treatment for up to $10,000 while investigating the claim. If he or she does not, call our office to protect your rights.
Within 14 days, your employer’s insurance company should send you one of three notices with the following information:
- They accept your claim
- They deny your claim
- They will delay your claim for review
The review of a Bay Area workers' compensation claim can take up to 90 days, during which your employer or their insurance company does not provide any benefits. There are other options for compensation during a review that DuRard, McKenna & Borg can explain during a free initial consultation.
The Benefits of a Successful San Francisco Workmans Compensation Claim
Workers' compensation insurance provides the following basic benefits:
- Medical care—Payments for the necessary treatment for your injury or illness
- Temporary disability benefits—Payments if you cannot work while you recover from your injury or illness
- Permanent disability benefits—Payments if you do not recover completely from your injury or illness
- Supplemental job displacement benefits—If your injury or illness occurred after 2004, job counseling and job placement may be available if you cannot return to your previous position and your employer does not offer other employment
- Death benefits—Payments to the spouse, children, and other dependents if an illness or injury results in death
Contact Our Attorneys for Help with Workmans Compensation Benefits in San Francisco
At DuRard, McKenna & Borg, we provide compassionate and thorough representation for the rights of California workers. Contact us and get help with a worker compensation claim in the Bay Area. We take cases on a contingency fee basis and provide free initial consultations to begin working on your case efficiently. Call us today at (650) 425-3278.