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What benefits are covered under workers’ compensation?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

The benefits that are covered in workers’ compensation claims are temporary total disability, permanent disability, all benefits related to medical costs, and, if applicable, vocational rehabilitation. What is not covered is pain and suffering and future earning capacity.

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What should I do if I’m injured on the job?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

If an employee is injured on the job, he should immediately notify a supervisor or someone from human resources that an injury occurred and that it be documented and that he be sent to a doctor, preferably of his choice. If the employer sends the injured worker to a employer-based doctor, an industrial clinic,… Read More »

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May I work while receiving workers’ compensation benefits?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

If an insurance company has accepted your claim and is paying you temporary total disability, then you are not supposed to work outside of that. But during your worker’s compensation claim, if a doctor has you return to work with restrictions and if the employer can meet those restrictions, you are eligible and able,… Read More »

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Who is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

Any employee who is injured in the course and scope of their employment is eligible to claim worker’s compensation benefits.

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What is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

Maximum Medical Improvement, MMI, is the standard which doctors who work within the workers’ compensation system have reached the conclusion that your case, your condition is not going to worsen and it’s not going to get any better, that you have reached what used to be called, Permanent and Stationary, and now, Maximum Medical… Read More »

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How long does it take to settle my workers’ compensation claim?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

It’s a very common question, the duration, or how long it takes to settle a case and for a person to actually get paid. In California worker’s compensation cases that really depends on the type of injury, the length of treatment, and how long it takes for a person to reach what is called… Read More »

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What happens when the doctor declares you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

After you’ve been declared maximally, medically improved, then begins the analysis of how much permanent disability shall be assigned to your injury, and that is when it’s crucial to have a workers compensation attorney advocating to determine whether or not the doctor’s decision is fair and complete.

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Can I sue my employer directly if I’m injured at work?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

Any workplace injury, when a worker who is involved in his regular duties, and sustains any type of workplace injury is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Normally the worker’s compensation remedy, is the exclusive remedy in a case, unless there is some type of employer-based negligence that is serious and willful.

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How long does a workers’ compensation case stay open?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

A worker’s compensation case can stay open forever. In fact, there are two types of methods in which a worker’s compensation case is concluded. One is by stipulation, where it is stipulated how much permanent disability an injured worker has, and that person can return to work, receive the benefits that he’s entitled to… Read More »

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Do I need a workers’ compensation attorney?

By Dulio R. Chavez, II |

When a person is injured on the job, they normally need a workers’ compensation attorney in order to make sure that their interests and their rights are being protected throughout the process. Because it is a long process where the employers and the insurance companies that represent those employers have the interests of the… Read More »

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