Pacific Workers' August 2019

Pacific Post August 2019

Common Workers’ Compensation Questions What Do YOU Know About Workers’ Compensation?

Here at Pacific Workers, we love connecting with our clients. We’re invested in the health and well-being of our community, which is why we specialize in workers’compensation. We want to ensure the people who are the backbone of our community are properly taken care of in their time of need. One way we can make this happen is by providing them with the right tools they can use immediately in the case of a work-related accident. The primary tool we provide is knowledge. We get questions frequently, so we thought it would be helpful to answer some of the most common ones. This is one of the most common questions we get, so we thought it would be beneficial to outline some factors that affect your return to work. The two main factors are the extent of the injury and the recommendation from your primary physician, and they play into each other. The extent of the injury will help the primary physician make their decision. While they’re determining when you can go back to work, they may suggest a variety of other options, including working restricted hours, being placed on light duty, or assisting with a modified project. When should I go back to work after an injury?

and if they do, your employer may be able to accommodate those restrictions, allowing you to return to work. The first factor is the work restrictions set in place by your doctor, based on your injury. However, if your employer cannot work around the restrictions, you may have to wait to return to work.

How long after an injury can you file a claim?

Each state varies on the time period in which you can claim a workplace injury. For California, you have one year from the date of the incident to file your claim. If you file a claim before the year is up and you still get denied, there may be some ways you can fight that. The most important thing is to contact an experienced workers’compensation lawyer. Situations like these can be complicated to navigate, so it’s important to work with someone who already has a map for these kinds of cases. With total temporary disability, which pays out two-thirds of your average weekly income, you should be able to continue living as normal without worry. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Even if your claim is accepted by the insurance company, there can be a substantial delay period. This delay period could leave you feeling pressured to use your paid time off (PTO). If you’re not fully compensated for any use of your PTO, the right workers’compensation attorney will ensure you’re properly paid for any time off you used while waiting for your claim to be accepted. While these are our most frequently asked questions, we know there are plenty more that race through your head when any situation like this occurs. For those burning questions you have now or for any information you’d like to know for the future, never hesitate to reach out. We’re here for you and our community. Give us a call at 833-722-9675 or visit our website anytime at PacificWorkers.com if you have any other questions. Do I have to use my PTO if I’m out because of a work-related injury?

Are you supposed to work when on workers’ comp?

As with most things in law, the answer can vary from case to case, as it depends on several variables. Your doctor may give you work restrictions,

“We want to ensure the people who are the backbone of our community are properly taken care of in their time of need.”

–The Lawyers For Injured Workers

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