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THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT STEPS TO DO IF YOU'RE INJURED ON THE JOB

AND THE RED FLAGS TO CALL A LAWYER

1. Immediately report injury to a supervisor
Report your injury as soon as possible to your employer, or someone else in management to avoid problems and delays in receiving benefits, including medical care.

RED FLAG
If your employer asked you to report that your incident happened outside your work environment and during non-working hours.
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2. Don't wait and seek for medical treatment
California employers are required by law to post a notice to employees with information on Workers' Compensation coverage and where to get medical care for work injuries.

RED FLAG
It is important to visit a Workers’ Compensation doctor. If you go to a regular one, you can lose your benefits.
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3. Complete a DWC-1 Claim Form
Filing a DWC-1 Claim Form officially begins the Workers’ Compensation claim process. If you have not completed a form, one can be completed by your attorney.

RED FLAG
Filing a DWC-1 Claim Form officially begins the Workers’ Compensation claim process. If you have not completed a form, one can be completed by your attorney.
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4. Maintain Communication with Your Employer
You must maintain regular contact with your employer to ensure they are aware of your work status. Your doctor or the clinic you treat at may take you off work or provide you with a list of work restrictions.

RED FLAG
Sending you back to work while still in pain could lead to worsening of injuries.If you do not feel comfortable with your doctor after the first 30 days, you are entitled to a change of doctor.
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5. Treatment! Treatment! Treatment!
Do not miss your appointments with Workers’ Compensation doctors, this will ensure that your right to salary continuation and other benefits does not lapse in the event you are taken off work or given work restrictions.

6. Talk to Your Doctor
Doctors often only will give patients a few minutes while at an appointment. Be sure to describe all your pain and symptoms.
7. Save Your Receipts
Whether it is bridge tolls that you had to pay traveling to your doctors’ office or over-the-counter medications, submit them to the insurance adjuster for reimbursement.

RED FLAG
If you have problems with the insurance adjuster.
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8. Seek Advice Prior to Giving a Statement
Insurance adjusters will try to take a statement from you. Sometimes this involves sending an investigator to speak with you.

RED FLAG
They are trained professionals trying to get you to say something against your case!
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9. Be Patient!
Although it can be difficult, patience in a Workers’ Compensation case is key. Medical treatment authorization may take days, if not weeks, or treatment may simply be denied despite being medically appropriate.
10. When in Doubt,
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