You have rights after being injured at work. Your life may forever change after a workplace accident so it is important to file a workers’ compensation claim to help with your lost wages, medical expenses, and other bills.
Financial compensation from workers’ compensation benefits should cover most losses and damages that you incur from being injured at work or if a family member is killed in a work-related accident. Losses covered by workers’ compensation include:
Our attorneys assist workers injured in construction accidents and those suffering from all types of injuries. We know you may have questions about your rights and what benefits are available. Visit our FAQ page to learn more about common workplace accidents.
Your employer or its insurance provider can challenge any part of your claim. The insurance company can require an independent medical exam (IME) by a physician of its choice, who is typically unfavorable to workers. We can help you challenge this IME, get a second opinion, and see a doctor of your choice for treatment.
Our Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorneys can challenge several aspects of the insurance company’s case, which often attempts to deny, delay, and diminish work injury compensation. We have over 40 years of experience advocating for injury victims in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Francisco and throughout California, we can help you secure maximum compensation while seeing a doctor of your choice within the California Medical Provider Network (MPN).
If you were injured by a dangerous or defective product, you might have an underlying third-party liability injury claim worth pursuing against a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or another liable party in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. This will complicate your legal case, but we can help you navigate the road to maximizing your injury compensation.
Our lawyers can help you appeal insurance denial on several levels and guide you through the process. We are also very experienced in pursuing wrongful termination claims against employers. We will aggressively advocate for your best possible outcome in all legal forums and resolve legal disputes in your best interests.
Our goal is to aid your recovery as much as possible, help you get back to work, and allow you to have peace of mind in the process. We work to ensure that your past, present, and future medical and financial needs are covered.
There is no reason not to consult with an attorney when you plan to file a workers’ compensation claim in Los Angeles. A lawyer will not pressure you to hire them if you choose to go in a different direction. Perhaps more importantly, your initial consultation with a lawyer is free. You don’t need to worry about spending money on a consultation when you are already concerned about the cost of medical bills and other financial losses that may result from a workplace accident.
Your goal is to ensure your initial consultation is as productive as possible. To that end, it is wise to take the following steps when preparing for your meeting with a Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney:
None of this is meant to suggest that you shouldn’t bother meeting with an attorney if you have not been able to gather all the documentation and evidence listed here. You should still consult with a legal expert if you plan on filing a workers’ compensation claim in Los Angeles or if your workers’ compensation claim has been denied. It’s simply worth noting that your initial consultation with an attorney is likely to be most productive when you prepare as thoroughly as possible ahead of time.
There are various deadlines in place that victims of work injuries need to be aware of. First, an injury or illness needs to be reported to the employer within 30 days from the day the injury occurs or from when a doctor diagnosis the injury or illness. However, simply reporting an injury to the employer does not necessarily mean that the work injury claim has been filed with workers’ compensation.
Officially, state law places a one-year statute of limitations on filing a work injury claim. This means that the claim needs to be filed within one year from the date the injury or illness occurs or from when a doctor makes a diagnosis of the injury or illness. Failing to file a claim within this one-year timeframe will likely result in the workers’ compensation claim being denied.
In the event your work injury was caused by a third-party (somebody other than the employer or a coworker), then you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover compensation for your losses. In this case, the California personal injury statute of limitations of two years will apply. This means that victims have a two-year window with which to file a claim against the alleged negligent party where they will lose the ability to recover compensation for their losses.
There are various reasons why it workers’ compensation claim may be denied in Los Angeles. This includes the following:
We offer free consultations and are proud of the personal attention we provide to every client. We know you face challenges after a workplace accident. Let us guide you through the process of filing a claim so your rights are protected.