Does workers’ comp cover medical treatment?

If you were hurt at work, you may have all sorts of questions, such as how long your injury will keep you from returning to your job. However, medical treatment may be necessary and you may be wondering if workers’ compensation will help. In San Bernardino, and all of California, it is important for injured workers to realize that workers’ comp may be able to help them with necessary medical care after they have sustained a work-related injury.

According to the Department of Industrial Relations, medical treatment is covered by workers’ comp under state law. However, the treatment must be within reason and necessary to alleviate or treat the consequences of an injury that occurred at work. In fact, California Labor Code prohibits medical facilities and physicians from sending bills to people whom they know sustained an injury on the job.

When it comes to the type of medical care that you will need and some of the options that may be available to you, it is important to keep in mind that every case is different. For example, you may be treated immediately if you have an emergency, whereas you may have to wait a day after you file a claim if your injury is not urgent.

Jobsite injuries can throw off a person’s life in many ways, in addition to necessitating medical care. From pain to finding a new occupation and even mental trauma, these injuries are often devastating. Please bear in mind, this writeup is not a substitute for legal assistance.

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