Workers Compensation


Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Emeryville, CA

Every year in the state of California, hundreds of thousands of workers report workplace injuries and illnesses. At Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists in Emeryville, California, Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D., treats injured workers in compliance with their workers’ comp claims. Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be overwhelming, so trust Dr. Strudwick and his team to provide excellent care that meets your claim requirements. To start the process and receive the benefits you're entitled to for your work injury, call the office to make an appointment with Dr. Strudwick today.

Workers Compensation Q & A

What is Workers’ Compensation?

In California, workers are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits for a job-related injury or illness. Dr. Strudwick commonly treats a wide variety of work injuries, musculoskeletal injury to the extremities. It’s very important injured workers properly file a Workers’ Compensation claim or they may jeopardize essential benefits.

At Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists, Dr. Strudwick routinely provides work injury care as well as sports medicine services to help patients recover from and to prevent further injury. Dr. Strudwick can use this considerable experience to help if you’ve been injured on the job.

What is covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation insurance in California provides five different benefits:

  • Medical care: paid by your employer to help you rehabilitate after an injury or illness
  • Temporary disability benefits: payments for lost wages if your injuries keep you from doing your regular job while you recover
  • Supplemental job displacement benefits: vouchers to pay for additional training if you’re unable to resume your original job
  • Permanent disability benefits: payments if you never completely recover
  • Death benefits: payments to your dependents after a fatal work accident

To receive benefits for your injury or illness, it’s important to see a doctor who specializes in Workers’ Compensation cases. Dr. Strudwick understands California’s Workers’ Compensation laws and ensures your care complies with your claim to protect your benefits.

What should I do after suffering a work-related illness or injury?

If you suffer a work-related illness or injury, it’s very important to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your potential Workers’ Compensation benefits by doing the following:

  1. Report the injury to your employer
  2. Seek emergency treatment if necessary.
  3. Predesignate your personal physician
  4. Document your injuries

Because California has a statute of limitations for Workers’ Compensation claims, it is smart to file your claim and see your doctor immediately following a work accident.

Before you schedule your appointment with Dr. Strudwick, you must notify your employer in writing or “predesignate your physician.” You can find instructions on how to do this on the State of California website.

Dr. Strudwick must agree to treat your work-related injury or you can sign a predesignation form or equivalent documentation prior to any injury. Feel free to reach out to the staff at Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists should you have any questions about this process. They are available to answer your questions and assist with your claim.

For premium care after your work injury call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Strudwick today.