Being injured at work is a serious matter that can devastate your health, earning potential, and future. And with work injuries on the rise, it's more important than ever to seek out an effective, aggressive California personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyer to help litigate your California workers’ compensation claim. We know the law because we have had experience both as an insurance defense attorney and an advocate for injured applicants.
Our firm has dedicated many years to advocating for injured workers, especially in all uncertainties brought on by the passage of Senate Bill 899 in 2004. Our worker’s compensation practice encompasses all areas of the law, including discrimination cases under Labor Code Section 132a, Post Termination cases, Serious and Willful Misconduct cases, as well as Vocational Rehabilitation and Homecare benefits for our clients.
If you have a work-related and personal injury resulting from the same accident, we create a 360-degree team by representing you on both matters which in turn allows us to maximize your recovery and obtain all benefits.
In California, employers are required to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance, or qualify for self-insurance to cover such injuries. This may cover benefits for lost earnings during recovery from an injury, reimbursement of medical expenses, and compensation for any permanent impairment or disability. Determining your eligibility and compensation can give rise to complex issues which may lead to disputes, and that is when you will need an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer advocating for you to make sure you receive fair payment and medical care for your injuries.
California state law allows that the injured worker is entitled to certain benefits under the workers’ compensation law. Overview of these benefits is as follows:
MEDICAL CARE - The injured employee is entitled to proper medical treatment by competent, caring, doctors specializing in industrial injuries. We can assist the injured worker in finding doctors specializing in treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation. We can get our clients to specialists and second opinions when necessary. We only work with the doctors who are familiar with the Workers' Compensation system who can assist our clients in getting well and getting back to work.
TEMPORARY DISABILITY BENEFITS - If the doctor finds the injured employee is unable to work while being treated for his/her injuries, they may be entitled to Temporary Disability Benefits. The employer's Workers' Compensation insurance carrier is required to pay the injured employee up to two thirds of their salary while they are at home recuperating from their industrial injury. Our staff has experience in making sure our clients get all the benefits they are owed.
PERMANENT DISABILITY BENEFITS - Once the injured employee is released from the doctor's care, he/she may be entitled to Permanent Disability Benefits. These benefits are determined by the restrictions the doctor has placed on the injured employee. Once our clients have been released, our attorneys work with them and their doctor in determining the proper Permanent Disability rating.
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION VOUCHER - If the doctor finds the injured employee is not able to return to their pre-injury occupation, the injured employee may be entitled to a certain vocational rehabilitation voucher to be used in re-training.