Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Oakland
If you suffered a back injury, neck injury, hand injury, foot injury, spinal cord injury, shoulder injury, amputation injury, head injury, brain injury or any other type of injury while at work, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits for injury damages.
If you suffered an illness as a result of your job duty or work environment, you can also file a work comp claim to collect various types of benefits. But, collecting benefits is almost never as simple as it seems. Unfortunately, the work comp system can present many challenges for hurt workers in need of assistance. Despite many state and federal regulations protecting injured workers, the system is not always favorable to those harmed on the job.
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Sadly, cynical insurance agents pressured by their supervisors to keep profits high drive the system. A rise in work comp fraud has also made insurance agents increasingly skeptical of all claims, even valid claims. As a result of these factors it can be extremely difficult to ensure a successful claim outcome without the representation of a lawyer well versed in work comp laws.
The ethical work comp attorneys at Oakland Workers’ Compensation Attorney Group are devoted to their clients and work tirelessly to ensure each client is fairly compensated for:
- Medical costs – hospital stays, surgery, rehabilitation, prescription medication
- Disability benefits – temporary or permanent payments
- Lump sum benefits – one time payment for a permanently disabling injury
- Death benefits – payments to deceased’s dependents
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Please keep in mind; notifying your boss about an injury is not the same as filing a work comp claim. When attempting to collect benefits through the work comp system, you must file several claim forms after telling your boss about your injury or illness. To request benefits, you must file a:
- Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC1) – fill out the “employee” section of this form and make sure to list any body parts affected
- Application for Adjudication of Claim – this forms requires you to know the name of your employer’s insurance carrier, which can be found on the copy of a completed DWC1 form (please note: this form is not required by the DWC unless you have a disagreement with the insurance company or your employer about the status of your case, however, it’s recommended this form be completed with the initial paperwork to quickly resolve any anticipated disputes)
- Declaration Pursuant to Labor Code 4906(g) – verifying you have not submitted fraudulent information to the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC)
When filing these forms, you must also include a document cover sheet and page separator sheets. It’s very important every work comp form is filled out correctly and accurately. Even a small clerical error could result in a delay or denial of benefits.
Work Comp Lawyers in Oakland
At Oakland Workers’ Compensation Attorney Group, the aggressive work comp lawyers we work with understand how overwhelming paperwork can be when you’re recovering from an injury. They strive to make the process worry free for every client and will handle every aspect of a client’s case, including paperwork. To learn how an experienced work comp attorney in our group can assist you every step of the way, call 510-926-4053 or submit an online contact form. A helpful staff member will get back to you promptly and get you connected with a knowledgeable work comp lawyer within our group quickly. The referral is free and all cases are on taken on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you won’t owe anything until you get benefits. Call now to schedule a free case consultation.