FAQs

Please keep in mind that all claims are unique and therefore any FAQs or their answers are subject to change based on your specific circumstances. For specified answers to your claim it is best to seek personalized legal advice from an attorney.

Q: I was injured at work. How long do I have to file a claim?

A: You have 30 days from your date of injury to notify your employer and one years from the date of injury or one year from the date you last received a benefit for Work Comp to file your claim with the Workman’s Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).

Q:I was injured at work but my employer refuses to give me a claim form, what do I do?

A: Get an attorney, or, you can find a claim form on the DWC website: http://www.dir.ca.gov/forms

Q: The insurance company said I need to find a doctor, but my personal doctor doesn't accept Work Comp. Where do I look?

A:Every Insurance company has a Medical Provider Network list (MPN list) that will give you options of how to search for a doctor that accepts Work Comp Insurance through their company. You can request this list from your adjuster or sometimes you can find the list on the insurers’ website.

Q: I filed a claim and saw a doctor but now the insurance company is denying my claim. What do I do now?

A: It isn’t over! Scheduling a medical-legal examination is your next step. Having an attorney can be very beneficial through this process or you can get a panel Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) list on your own. The insurer is supposed to send you the form necessary to get the three doctor panel. Once you have this three doctor list you get to choose one doctor to act as your QME. Be warned some doctors are better than others for your case.

Q: The insurance company said I need to find a doctor, but my personal doctor doesn’t accept Work Comp. Where do I look?

A: Every Insurance company has a Medical Provider Network list (MPN list) that will give you options of how to search for a doctor that accepts Work Comp Insurance through their company. You can request this list from your adjuster or sometimes you can find the list on the insurers’ website.

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