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How to Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits in California

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Whether you work a high-risk job or a standard 9 to 5, the unimaginable can happen in the form of a work-related injury or illness. It can be a heavy burden to think about the recovery process and how to move forward from a threatening incident.


Fortunately, workers’ compensation insurance has been put in place to assist impacted employees while they recuperate. At the Law Offices Of Larry S. Buckley, we’re committed to ensuring you receive the best possible recovery by supporting you through this difficult time.


Read our step-by-step guide to obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.

Step 1: Seek immediate medical attention

Before anything, get the necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. Holding off can cause further complications to your health, so acting quickly is of the utmost importance. While you are treated, be sure to tell the health care provider that your injury is job-related.

Step 2: Notify your employer of the injury

Report the injury to your supervisor right away. Being prompt not only helps you receive your benefits in a timely manner, but your claim will automatically be denied if you do not inform your employer within 30 days of the incident.

Step 3: Keep a detailed record of the incident and injury

Depending on your condition, it may be hard to document the incident, but the more details you include, the easier it will be to build a case in your favor.

Include the following:

  • Details of where, when, and how the accident happened

  • Witness statements

  • Records of doctors visits

  • Receipts and bills from medical providers and over-the-counter treatment

Step 4: Seek the guidance of a qualified workers’ compensation attorney

Navigating a workers’ compensation claim can be challenging if you don’t have the right counsel, which is why you need an advocate fighting for you. At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, we have a dedicated attorney handling workers’ compensation claims exclusively, which means you’ll receive our complete focus and care.

Contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley today at (530) 413-0245 to arrange a complimentary consultation.

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