Once you notify your employer that you have been injured or contracted an illness at work, they will give you a DWC 1 form. Even though you have already notified them and your health care provider that the injury was work related, you still need to fill out this form and return it, fully completed, to your employer.
This step may seem repetitious, but it’s an important one because this form begins the legal process of receiving workers’ compensation benefits. It also allows the necessary people to begin considering your case and finding out which benefits you are eligible to receive.
These benefits can include an automatic presumption that your injury is work related even if your claim has not been denied or approved within 90 days of returning your completed DWC 1 form, as much as $10,000 in treatment before your claim is considered as long as it falls under treatment guidelines, increased disability payments if they arrive late and more. Even though it may seem like an unnecessary, repetitious step, it is one that will be very important further along the road to receiving your benefits.
Once you have notified the necessary people and returned this form, make sure you begin discussing the next steps with your Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney.Tags: Los Angeles workers compensation attorney