The Role of an Employer in a Workers' Compensation Claim
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The Role of an Employer in a Workers’ Compensation Claim: Responsibilities and Best Practices

May 17, 2023
Sacks Law Group, APC
Workers' Compensation Defense

The role an employer plays in the workers’ compensation claim process is vital. Understanding your responsibilities as a California employer can help you manage these situations effectively and maintain a positive working environment.

Reporting the Injury

Once an employer is aware of an injury, they must provide the employee with a claim form within one working day. Following that, employers have five days to report the injury to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier.

Providing Medical Care

Employers are required to pay for immediate medical care for an injured employee. This includes coverage for necessary medical treatment and temporary disability benefits if the employee can’t return to work right away.

Participating in the Claim Process

Employers should cooperate with the insurance carrier during the claim investigation. This could include providing details about the employee’s job duties, salary, and the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Implementing Return-to-Work Programs

When possible, employers should have a return-to-work program to help injured employees return to productive work as soon as medically feasible. This can reduce workers’ compensation costs and promote faster recovery for the employee.

Best Practices

To handle these situations effectively, employers should maintain open communication with the injured employee, ensure supervisors are adequately trained to respond to injuries, and actively participate in the claim process.

Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims: How an Employer Can Make a Difference

Handling a workers’ compensation claim can be complex, but understanding your role and responsibilities as an employer can make the process more manageable. At Sacks Law Group, APC, we specialize in guiding employers through workers’ compensation defense. Contact us today by calling us at 310-216-7778 or send us a message online here to ensure your business is following best practices and fulfilling its legal obligations.

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