Have you been hurt at work?
Our expert Salinas team is available to assist you in any workers injuries compensation law, settlement and benefit question you may have. We can answer most of your work comp (workers compensation) related questions.
Notice to California Residents: making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.
Steps to Ensure Workers Comp Coverage for Chiropractic Treatment
Following a work accident or corporate job injury you must take action quickly to insure you are fairly compensated. In order to ensure your chiropractic visits are covered by workers compensation insurance or other coverage, you should visit your chiropractor as soon as possible. Your chiropractor can and should be considered your primary care physician. If you are injured at work and have back or neck pain, you should go to a Salinas chiropractor immediately.
You don’t even have to worry about filling out forms. If you are hurt on the job you are guaranteed medical coverage for all areas of your injury as it relates to the accident. But remember, all doctors (including chiropractor) MUST be workers comp certified.
It is recommended (but not necessary) that when you get hurt on the job, you fill out an accident report. By law, every employer must have a accident report form that should be filled out at the time of the accident. The reason this is important (but not mandatory) is that if the employer ever wants to dispute the claim, an accident report provides undeniable proof that the accident occurred and lists in details injured areas of the body.
In order to open up a workers compensation claim, the injured person must complete the correct form, which describes when and how the accident occurred and what areas are affected. Your forms MUST be submitted to the correct workers compensation board and to the employer’s insurance carrier (every employer must have workers comp insurance with a certified insurance carrier).
Finally, you need medical documentation. Workers injured on the job can ONLY go to a certified workers compensation medical doctor, who will submit a timely form. This form states the diagnosis, level of disability, and a determination of if the patient is working or not. Remember based on these forms, a patient can get paid if physically unable to work. Also, all medical treatment is covered at no expense and the injured worker can receive treatment whether working or not.
Our team recommends that an injured worker goes to a workers compensation attorney if the injuries are significant and the patient may need extended time off from work. You never know when an injury may be permanent. Your workers comp attorney will make sure the forms are completed properly. Our Salinas office can refer you to experienced workers comp lawyers in the local area.