California Workers' Comp: How to Take Charge When You're Injured on the Job
Handle your California workers' compensation claim and maximize your benefits!From industrial injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome, more than a million Californians a year suffer job-related injuries or illness. For many, receiving compensation can be a nightmare, since recent laws give employers and insurance companies far greater rights and employees fewer medical benefits. California Workers' Compshows you how to handle a California workers' compensation claim from start to finish. With this plain-English guide, you'll learn how to work with your insurance company to receive the medical treatment and benefits you deserve. Find out how to:
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This is an excellent book, I've referred to it many times. Ball has it on the ball!
By far the best guide to CA Work Comp that you will find. I used this book when I was injured in 1996, and it taught me how to navigate the system on my own. I later went on to Law School, to rep injured workers. I still use this book, as short of having a Judge on call, this book is the best reference you will find!
Every injured worker in CA, should avail themselves to this book. It is available at the local library, and you will find it at most County Law Libraries. You may have to request it, it may be behind the desk. Sadly these books tend to "disappear" from the Law Library.
Whether you have an attorney, or decide to navigate this convoluted WC system on your own (which is NOT recommended), this book is a great tool. You will learn all of the essential terms used in WC, as well as the steps in which a case will usually progress. It will help you understand what an Injured worker is LEGALLY entitled to, and show you HOW to assert your rights to get the benefits that you are entitled to. Which, sadly, are NOT a lot! Also, share this book with your family, to help them to understand the system.
You DON'T need a law degree to understand the book, which is helpful. However, there are some concepts that may be beyond folks without some legal background. The author advises injured workers to contact the Information & Assistance (I & A) Officers at the CA/ Workers' Comp Appeals Board. (WCAB) The I&A Officers are employees of the WCAB, and their job is to assist workers who DO NOT have attorneys. They can help you navigate through the court, contact the Insurance Co on your behalf, and provide you with assistance in Hearings. They are, however, VERY short staffed.