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Deadlines for workers' compensation in California

Almost all workers who have been injured when conducting work-related activities can benefit from workers' compensation. However, they will not automatically gain compensation. Instead, they must take action to report their injury to their employer and to file a claim within a certain amount of time.

Workers' compensation laws and deadlines can vary significantly between states. This is why you must pay attention to the rules specific to California if that's where your workplace is located. The following are some of the workers' compensation deadlines to pay attention to in California.

Giving written notice to your employer

You must do more than merely casually mention your injury to your employer. You should give notice of your injury in writing so that it can be referenced back to in the future. You will need to do this within 30 days of the injury initially occurring, so it is best to do so as soon as you can.

Gaining workers' compensation claim forms

When they have been notified of your injury, your employer has legal responsibilities toward you. They must provide you with a workers' compensation claim form within one day of you reporting the injury in writing to them.

Filing a workers' compensation claim

You have one year to take action to use these claim forms to file a workers' compensation claim in California. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to gain the compensation you were otherwise entitled to.

If you believe that you are entitled to workers' compensation in California but you are struggling to make a successful claim, you should make sure that you fully understand the law.

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