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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers from a Fresno Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Do you have questions about workers' compensation? If you have suffered injury in a workplace accident in or around Fresno, California, you will need legal guidance through each step of your case. At the Law Offices of Bryan K. Leiser, we have more than 35 years of combined experience and the experience to answer your questions completely and promptly. We believe that having a strong knowledge of your case is essential to a successful result, which is why we have provided the following frequently asked questions and corresponding answers to help you get started:

Q: Is my California employer required to have workers' compensation insurance?
Q: How do I know if I am eligible for workers' compensation?
Q: Who pays workers' compensation benefits?
Q: What kinds of benefits can I receive?
Q: Can I receive treatment from my own doctor?

Is my California employer required to have workers' compensation insurance?
Under California law, employers are required to have workers' compensation insurance, even if they only have one employee. Even out-of-state employers may be required to carry workers' compensation insurance if one of his or her employees is regularly employed in California.

How do I know if I am eligible for workers' compensation?
If you have suffered injury in an accident at your work or have suffered injury performing a workplace duty, you will likely be entitled to benefits from workers' compensation. In most cases, even if the injury was not caused by negligence, you will likely receive compensation. There are, however, complex laws that could restrict your ability to receive benefits. For that reason, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you determine your eligibility.

Who pays workers' compensation benefits?
Typically, employers are required to pay insurance for their employees from a workers' compensation insurance company. Employers purchase workers' compensation insurance coverage from an agent or broker of a privately licensed insurer. If you have been injured as the result of a workplace accident or performing a work-related task, speak with your employer to obtain the necessary documents that must be filed.

What kinds of benefits can I receive?
Workers' compensation provides a number of benefits for injured workers. It offers replacement income, compensation for medical costs, and rehabilitation benefits. Benefits that are paid through this program are for individuals' temporary needs. In many cases, you will receive two-thirds of your average salary up to a fixed amount. If you are permanently disabled, you may be eligible for long-term benefits. The amount you receive will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries.

Can I receive treatment from my own doctor?
In the state of California, you will initially be required to see a doctor who is selected by your employer as long as your employer has established a medical provider network. If after that point you are unhappy with the doctor, you can request another doctor. For ongoing treatment, employers can create a network of doctors that they require their injured workers to visit.

Contact the Law Offices of Bryan K. Leiser

At the Law Offices of Bryan K. Leiser, we are devoted to helping our clients in any way that we can. As you pursue compensation for your workplace injury, we encourage you to obtain the legal assistance that your case requires. Our Fresno workers' compensation attorney has the legal guidance that your case needs, and we can use our collective knowledge to your benefit.

We are passionate about protecting our clients' rights and helping them obtain the medical care they require. When our clients are preparing to file for workers' compensation or have encountered a roadblock in the process, we can help them proceed. If you are in need of legal guidance, we encourage you to schedule a free case evaluation. From the start of your case until the conclusion, we can handle the legal aspects of your case so that you can focus on pursuing medical care. Call us today!