Frequently Asked Questions for Workers Compensation Attorney Group Fresno
Q. is it possible to get both workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits at the same time?
A. Yes, it is possible. It is a long shot, but it might work in certain occasions. If you suffered a significant workplace injury or illness, you may be able to collect both work comp benefits and SSDI benefits. Individuals suffering from a temporary injury or illness may also be able to collect SSDI benefits if their employer and the employer’s insurance carrier are disputing a request for benefits.
Your best chance is to seek help from a professional and knowledgeable work comp lawyer at Workers Compensation Attorney Group Fresno. Upon hearing your story, our workers comp attorneys will know what to do and will let you know whether you qualify for both types of financial benefits or not. Don’t be afraid to ask, you can only gain much needed help and information and have nothing to lose.
Q. What is the time frame within which I should report my injury?
A. In normal circumstances and per law, you have 30 days from the date the injury occurred to notify your employer. However, you should report your injury to a supervisor or someone of authority as soon as possible. The sooner you report your injury, the sooner your claim can be processed.
It can get hard to pinpoint the time and date of the injury in cases where the injury or the illness was not reported on time, or was not caused by a single traumatic event which took place at work. This is why it is wise to report your injury, condition or illness as soon as you discover it for the Fresno independent medical review.
Q. In order to collect financial benefits, am I supposed to file any forms?
A. Yes. To get the entire process started (work comp claim), you must fill out a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC1). Your employer should have given you a DWC1 form after telling them about your injury. If they did not provide you with a form, you can download one on the California Department of Industrial Relations website.
On the DWC1 form, you will find instructions on how to fill it out. Please follow these instructions carefully as even a minor clerical error can cause a delay in receiving disability benefits In Fresno. Also, make sure you name each body part that has been affected by the injury or illness. Once you have completed the form, return it to your supervisor.
Q. Will I benefit from hiring a work comp lawyer, and what are the benefits?
A. A knowledgeable and resourceful work compensation attorney Fresno at Workers Compensation Attorney Group can benefit a worker in many ways. Once you hire a lawyer in our group for claim or workers’ compensation for PTSD, you can rest assured the lawyer will:
- Handle all paperwork for you
- Handle negotiations with your employer and their insurance carrier
- Gather evidence to support your case
- Not back down to the demands of your employer or their insurance carrier
- Fight for your legal right to maximum benefits
- Represent you in court (if necessary)
Q. Initial consultation – free of charge?
A. Yes. All of the ethical work comp lawyers at Workers Compensation Attorney Group Fresno offer free case consultations and free case review. You are not obliged to hire the lawyer you speak with and your information will remain confidential. Call today to arrange a free consultation with one of the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys we work with.