What Is First Aid in Workers’ Compensation?

Why is my Employer calling my Work Injury Treatment First Aid?

First aid means any one-time treatment, and any follow up visit for the purpose of observation of minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters, or other minor industrial injury, which do not ordinarily require medical care. This one-time treatment, and follow up visit for the purpose of observation, is considered First Aid even though provided by a physician or registered professional personnel. Continue reading

How Do I Report a California Work Injury? Why is it Important?

In California, Work Injuries are reported by via a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form. This Claim Form is also called a “DWC-1” form. This is a State of California Form which can be obtained either the State of California Department of Industrial Relations Website, www.dir.ca.gov, or at your local Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. You can submit the Claim Form to your employer personally. Continue reading

What You First Need To Do After Injuring Yourself At Work

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide you with the medical treatment you need to recover from your work related injury or illness, partially replace the wages you lose while you are recovering, and help you return to work. Workers’ compensation benefits do not include damages for pain and suffering or punitive damages.

Report the injury or illness to your employer

Make sure your supervisor is notified of your injury as soon as possible. If your injury or illness developed gradually, report it as soon as you learn or believe it was caused by your job. Reporting promptly helps avoid problems and delays in receiving benefits, including medical care. If you don’t report your injury within 30 days, you could lose your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. In reporting an injury, your employer should provide you a claim form. If you are not provided a claim form, you should consider contacting an attorney or the Information & Assistance Officer at your local Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Sometimes, employers intentionally do not report injuries to their carriers in fear that it may impact their insurance rates.

Get emergency treatment if needed

If it’s an emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Tell the medical staff that your injury or illness is job-related. If you can safely do so, contact your employer for further instructions.

If you don’t need emergency treatment, make sure you get first aid and see a doctor if necessary.

What’s next?

Once you file a claim, your employer is required to provide you with medical care. Your employer has an obligation to provide you medical attention up to $10,000.00 in cost while there is a determination as to whether the insurance company will accept your claim.