Mr. Chris Gonzalez started working for the Law Offices of Drasin, Yee & Santiago in July of 2010. An advocate for injured workers, Chris is dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights and legal remedies for California workers who are injured as a direct result of a work related injury. From the injured employee’s point of view, Chris understands that the Workers’ Compensation system is confusing and complex; it is burdened with laws, lacks clarity, and delays injured workers from receiving compensation for legitimate claims.
Mr. Chris Gonzalez graduated with Honors from Southern California International College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies and Chapman University, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies. At this time, he is working toward achieving a Juris Doctrine and becoming a respected member of the State Bar of California. Moreover, when he is not serving our clients, helping team mates or attending school his time is devoted to his family and friends.
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If you have been injured while working, you may be able to recover benefits that are designed to cover your medical costs and associated expenses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Workers’ compensation insurance protects employers and employees from financial loss when an employee is injured on the job or becomes ill as a result of their work. Workers’ compensation is also known as workman’s comp, workers’ comp, and workers’ compensation. These titles all mean the same thing: they assist workers avoid the potentially crippling costs of work-related injuries. It also protects employers from potential damages resulting from workers’ compensation claims, which might cripple a company. Find out more about workers’ compensation insurance.
Your state’s laws and the requirements of your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage will determine the answer. Inquire with your employer about whether you must see a specific doctor or if you have the option of choosing your own.
If you’re compelled to see a doctor chosen by your company, you may be able to change doctors after a set period of time or receive a second opinion. Even if you see your own doctor, the insurance company may nevertheless insist on a medical checkup by one of their doctors.
Following a workplace injury, it is essential to notify your employer as quickly as possible. The time constraints differ by state, but if you don’t disclose the accident to your employer within the required time frame, your claim will be denied. Even if you don’t believe you’ve been hurt, you should notify your employer about any workplace accidents. Sometimes injuries go undetected for a long period.
You may decide to hire an attorney to assist you with your workers’ compensation claim depending on the severity of your injury or illness. The more serious your injuries are, the more at stake you are in the workers’ compensation system. If you have been seriously wounded or believe you will be disabled for an extended period of time, you should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled.
If you’re thinking about settling your workers’ compensation claim, you should consult with an attorney first.
If you recover from your injuries and are able to perform the same type of work, your employer must offer you the next available position, but they do not have to fire the person who replaced you in order to give you your job back. If you’re qualified for a different type of job that your company has available, they should assign you to it.
Workers’ compensation insurance coverage is another commonly requested question. If an employee is harmed, becomes sick, or dies as a result of a work-related accident or disease, The Hartford’s workers’ compensation insurance helps cover medical expenditures, lost income, ongoing care costs, and burial fees.
Workers’ compensation benefits are not currently taxed by the federal government. If an employee has specific questions regarding this topic, we recommend that they contact the Internal Revenue Service or their legal counsel.
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