Understanding Workers Compensation
The employment law attorneys at Lawyers for Justice, PC (LFJ) have a strong track record of delivering incredible results for clients, especially when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits refers to any compensation benefits California workers can obtain for obtaining an injury or illness while on the job.
LFJ’s employment lawyers not only help clients with filing a workers’ compensation claim, obtaining permanent disability benefits, temporary disability benefits, and overall workers’ compensation benefits issues, but they do so in a way that makes California workers feel comfortable and secure in their workers’ compensation claims.
If an employee has been injured at work during the course of their shift, they may be entitled to monetary compensation. They also may be entitled to reimbursement for medical treatment and/or medical care they may receive when treating the work injury or illness.
The employment attorneys at Lawyers for Justice, PC have handled hundreds of cases for California workers and have recovered millions of dollars in California workers’ compensation benefits.
Types of a Work Related Injury:
There are many different factors as to why an employee would need to file a worker’s compensation claim under California law. Some workers’ compensation case issues could include:
- Unsafe work conditions – An injured worker may have fell due to a slippery floor, for example.
- Head and brain injuries – An injured worker may have sustained a work injury or illness from hitting their head while working.
- Hazardous materials exposure – Injured workers may sustain a temporary disability or a permanent disability if they come in contact with chemicals, or other hazardous materials, exposure to which can cause bodily harm.
- Hearing and vision loss – There are workers’ compensation claims that involve experiencing a traumatic event that causes California workers to suffer permanent disability – or temporary disability – relating to their sight and hearing.
- Amputations – An injured worker can receive workers’ compensation benefits if they suffered an injury or illness at work that caused them to seek medical treatment, the result of which was having an appendage amputated.
- Chronic illness or cancer – California workers may have contracted a serious chronic illness, like cancer, for example, as part of their on-the-job injury. Workers’ compensation benefits can also cover chronic illnesses, too, if it relates to a work injury.
It should also be noted that death benefits can also be part of California workers’ compensation benefits if any California workers experience death from an injury or illness they suffered while working.
Lost wages are also a factor. If an employee suffers an injury or illness that affects their future earning capacity, forces them into temporary disability or permanent disability, or causes lost wages in any way, an employment attorney can help them negotiate a workers’ compensation claim that seeks to earn them compensation benefits for their hardship, medical treatment, medical bills, and other expenses.
Workers’ Compensation FAQ
what does workers’ compensation not cover? Workers’ compensation covers some, but not all, stress-related and work-related injuries caused. It also may not cover a workplace injury that is reported to employers after the worker was terminated or laid off.
what does workers compensation insurance cover? Workers’ compensation provides other benefits for workers when they experience an injury or illness that is caused by their work. Workers’ compensation may also pay medical bills and disability insurance/benefits for temporary or permanent disabilities.
can you sue if you accept workers compensation? If a party other than your employer caused your injury, you may still have the eligibility to file a lawsuit against them even if you are collecting workers’ compensation.
who is eligible for workers compensation? Any employees where it has been established that they were injured on the job: it could have been from falling and hurting their back, spilling a hazardous chemical on themselves, or an auto accident while driving for work.
can i still work while on workers compensation? Employees may be able to work while collecting workers’ compensation if the work was approved by their doctor and isn’t too much of a stressor on the employee.
can independent contractors get workers compensation? There is important information regarding contractors. Unfortunately, the rules regarding independent contractors determine that they are not eligible for workers’ compensation coverage.
can an employer deny workers’ compensation? California employers are required by law to provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees, no matter who’s fault the accident was. Some employers and insurance companies may deny workers’ compensation claims for a variety of different reasons, so it can depend on the report, and the labor injury.
The employment lawyers at Lawyers for Justice, PC can help. Call our firm today for a FREE consultation so we can be a powerful resource for you during a difficult time.