Yes you can continue to pursue your claim even though they fired you. As long as you saw a doctor before being fired for your injuries. You also have a valid 132a Claim, (wrongful termination) for the firing. You really shoud see a work comp lawyer ASAP
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The general rule in California is that you cannot make a claim "post-termination." Once you were fired, you were terminated so any claim now would be post-termination. There are, however, exceptions to the rule. One is if the injury is due to cumulative truama...on going wear and tear. That's exactly the type of injury you've described. Another exception is if the employer new of the injury before the termination....you say they did know. A third exception is if you got medical treatment for the injury before the termination....you say you did. I would say you could make your claim. It will probably be denied as post termination but you should win that argument.
I recommend you consult with a good W.C. attorney. There are some very good ones out your way. Find a good one here at www.avvo.com or at www.caaa.org. CAAA is the association for attorneys here in California who represent injured workers. Or you can call me for a referral.
Labor Code 132a says that an employer cannot punish you for getting hurt on the job. You may also have a claim under LC 132a. When you talk to that lawyer, bring this issue up, too.
You can file the cumulative trauma (CT) claim post-termination, and the insurance will probably Deny liability for the injury. The Judge will make the ultimate decision.
You also say that you were fired for a reason other than your injury; that fact will preclude the 132a discrimination claim. Discrimination in WC only applies if you were fired for reporting the injury or exercising your WC rights.
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