The days after a workplace injury can be a stressful and confusing time – but it’s important to act quickly to protect your rights. Let’s look at common questions related to workers’ compensation in San Diego for paramedics:
1. I've been hurt while working as a paramedic or EMT. What do I do?
No matter the details of a workplace injury, the first step is to inform your employer and document what happened. If you don’t document the situation within 48 hours, you may undermine your case.
2. How does the Family and Medical Leave Act impact paramedics and EMTs?
FMLA allows eligible employees to take an unpaid, but job-protected leave for a variety of reasons. Group health insurance coverage continues. FMLA provides a maximum of 12 work weeks of leave in a 12-month period. It may be used when any health condition leaves you unable to perform your basic duties.
3. I may be suffering from work-related PTSD. Am I eligible for workers' compensation?
Work-related PTSD is a serious problem among paramedics, who are at increased risk of developing the condition due to the life-threatening situations they encounter. PTSD sufferers can be eligible for workers’ compensation.
4. What is the process of a workers' compensation claim?
Any workers’ compensation claim starts with documenting the situation and informing the employer. Soon afterward, the employee may be required to undergo a medical examination, usually from a doctor in the employer’s insurance network. Once a claim is filed, the employer has the opportunity to accept or reject it. The employee has the right to appeal denied claims. It’s best to contact an attorney before the initial claim is filed.
5. Is a workers' compensation lawyer really necessary? What are the benefits of getting help from an attorney?
Working with an attorney is the best way to ensure your legal rights are protected. A workers’ compensation lawyer accelerates and simplifies the process of seeing your claim through. A lawyer is essential if your employer tries to deny or sabotage your claim. Even if your employer is helpful and forthcoming, you might not get the compensation you’re entitled to unless you have expert legal assistance.
6. Are workers' compensation attorneys expensive? How much should I expect to pay upfront?
At the Law Offices of Gerald D. Brody & Associates, you never have to pay a penny upfront for your workers’ compensation case. We fight for the rights of injured workers like you in San Diego. Our compensation is based on the amount you are awarded.
7. I sustained a work-related injury while working as a paramedic/EMT overseas while serving our country. Am I still eligible for compensation?
Professionals working in global hotspots like Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA), a program of the U.S. Department of Labor.
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