California Workers' Comp: How to Take Charge When You're Injured on the Job

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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' Comp shows how to handle a California workers' compensation claim from start to finish. This plain-English guide, explains how to work with the ...

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Overview


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' Comp shows how to handle a California workers' compensation claim from start to finish. This plain-English guide, explains how to work with the insurance company to receive the medical treatment and benefits. Workers will find out how to:

- file a claim
- protect ytheir legal rights
- receive the medical care they need
- get the benefits they'reentitled to
- deal with uncooperative employers, doctors and insurance agencies
- negotiate a settlement
- present their case before a judge

This complete guide can help people handling their own claims or filing on a minor or other's behalf. This edition is completely updated to cover significant changes in the area of permanent disability ratings, along with recent updates to the Labor Code and other workers' comp laws. A comprehensive chapter is included for computer users with repetitive strain injuries.

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 ""A great hands-on guide for dealing with workers' compensation cases."" Orange County Register

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413320244
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Edition description: Tenth Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 305,388
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Attorney Christopher A. Ball practices workers' compensation law exclusively. He is certified as a Worker Compensation Specialist with the State Bar of California. Mr. Ball received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Long Beach State and graduated from Western State School of Law.

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Table of Contents


Part I: All About Workers’ Compensation
1. Introduction to Workers’ Comp
2. Overview of a Workers’ Compensation Claim
3. Is Your Injury Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
4. Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Part II: Protecting Your Rights
5. What to Do If You’re Injured
6. Keep Good Records to Protect Your Claim
7. The Insurance Company’s Role
8. Dealing With Your Employer
9. Taking Charge of Your Medical Case
10. Medical-Legal Evaluations
Part III: Workers’ Compensation Benefits
11. Medical Benefits
12. Temporary Disablity Benefits
13. Permanent Disability (and Life Pension)
14. Vocational Rehabilitation/Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit
15. Death Benefits
16. Extraordinary Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Remedies
17. Benefits and Remedies Outside the Workers’ Compensation System
Part IV: Settling Your Case
18. Rating Your Permanent Disability
19. Figure Out a Starting Settlement Amount
20. Negotiating a Settlement
Part V: The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
21. Preparing Your Case
22. Arranging for a Hearing or Trial
23. How to File and Serve Documents
24. Going to a Hearing or Trial
25. Appealing a Workers’ Compensation Decision
Part VI: Beyond This Book
26. Lawyers and Other Sources of Assistance
27. Legal Research
28. Case Law Review
Appendixes
Forms to File With the Division of Workers’ Compensation
Forms to File With Your Employer
Index
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