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Understanding workers' compensation hearings and appeals

If you have been injured in a California workplace, you should be entitled to compensation for the damages that you suffered. Most people suffer a measurable amount of financial damages even in the case of a minor injury. Even if they only have to take off one day of work and pay for minor medical treatment, they may have to pay medical bills and lose wages as a result.

This is why it is important that you take action as soon as you can to file a workers' compensation claim. If you do not file the claim within 30 days of the original injury occurring, you may no longer be eligible to gain damages.

What is a workers' compensation hearing?

One of the most important aspects in a workers' compensation claim is the hearing. In the hearing, you need to make a persuading case as to why you legitimately deserve workers' compensation. In doing this, you need to verify that you did, in fact, suffer a work-related injury that was not intentional. You also need to show that you suffered actual damages in the form of medical bills or lost wages.

What will happen if my workers' compensation application is denied?

Your workers' compensation may be initially denied the first time for a number of reasons. It is important that you understand why your application was denied, and then if appropriate you can take action through the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).

If you want to appeal your workers' compensation denial in California, it is important that you understand the law and that you take swift action.

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