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The First Step
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You need answers to your questions:
If you are from Bakersfield and you have been seriously injured on the job, you probably have concerns about your future. You probably have questions like, “How am I going to pay all these medical bills?” “Am I going to get weekly compensation benefits while I am recovering?” “What is going to happen to me and my family if I can’t go back to making the same money I did before I got hurt?”
Here is the deal: whether it is us or someone else. you need the best Bakersfield Workers' Compensation Lawyer you can find.
What are Injured Workers' Rights Under Medical Provider Networks?
Finding the right doctor and getting the right medical treatment have to be your top concerns.
Guess what? You can’t win any game unless you know the rules. Knowing the rules can oftentimes be the difference in getting vital medical treatment. It can make all the difference for you and your family’s future.
When you notify your employer of your injury or file a claim for workers' compensation, your employer(read: California workers' compensation insurance company) is supposed to arrange an initial medical evaluation and begin treatment.
Your employer (read: California workers' compensation insurance company) is supposed to notify you of your right to be treated by a physician of your choice after the first visit from the medical provider network and how you can get a list of the doctors in the MPN.
If you dispute either the diagnosis or the treatment prescribed by the treating physician, you are supposed to be allowed to seek the opinion of another physician in the medical provider network.
If your employer doesn’t have a medical provider network - you can treat with whatever doctor you choose.
These are the rules under California workers' compensation law. Trouble is, many employers and California workers' compensation insurance companies don't follow the rules. Surprise. This is why if you are a seriously injured Bakersfield worker, you probably need to lawyer-up.
What are Temporary Disability benefits?
Temporary Disability (TD) benefits are payments you get from the workers’ compensation insurance company if you can’t do your usual job while recovering from your injury or illness. These are the payments that your family is probably going to have to live on while you recover from your work injury.
You are entitled to mileage for going to and from all medical appointments.
Permanent Disability benefits
If you are seriously injured, you are entitled to permanent disability benefits under California workers' compensation law.
You and the Workers' Compensation Insurance Adjuster
Know this, everything you say to the adjuster, can and will be used against you in a court of law. The workers' compensation insurance adjuster is trained to try and get you to say something that is going to be used against you. This happens all the time. Don't let it happen to you.
Talking to the workers' compensation insurance adjuster is akin to trying to pet a rattle snack. While some folks might get away with trying to pet a rattle snake, most folks are going to get bit. And the venom is deadly to your case.
Don't gamble with you and your family's future. This is why I say whether it is us or someone else, you need the best Bakersfield Workers Compensation Lawyer you can find.
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