San Fernando Valley Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Workers' Compensation Claims and Benefits
Not only do we represent clients for personal injury claims and wrongful death suits, but our firm also helps injured employees obtain workers' compensation. Workers' compensation is a type of monetary award that is given to employees who are injured on-the-job or who suffer from work-related illnesses or injuries. Most businesses and companies carry workers' compensation insurance in case employees are ever injured on-the-job, and this provides a way for business owners to avoid litigation for injury claims.
Even though workers' compensation is a good idea in theory, the process of obtaining it can be difficult. Injured workers have to cut through a ridiculous amount of red tape in order to get workers' compensation, and when they do receive it, the amount is usually substandard in proportion to the injuries suffered. Workers' compensation will cover things like medical expenses but it rarely covers anything more than that. Pain and suffering, lost wages, and other intangible non-economic damages are rarely taken into consideration, leaving injured workers with little to help recover.
"I was injured while at work, now what?"
If you were injured while working on-the-job, the most important thing that you can do for yourself is to immediately report the situation to your employer. In cases where the illness or injury was gradually sustained, you should report it the second that you are aware. If more than 30 days pass between the moment where you are aware of the injury or illness and the moment that you tell your spouse, there could be complications in efforts to recover benefits.
Seeking emergency treatment, however, should be first priority in cases where the injury came from an accident. In these cases, you should call 911 or otherwise get to an emergency department. If you are able, you should tell those around you that the injury was sustained on the job, and, if possible, report the injury.
Following the proper reception of medical treatment, as well as informing your employer, the next step is to begin the filing of a workers' compensation claim. By law, your employer is required to give you all of the necessary forms within one working day of you reporting the injury or illness; if, however, you don't receive it, you can always download it yourself by visiting the DWC website.
At this point, your employer may pressure you into filing the claim by yourself without the help of a knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyer. It is crucially important that you work with an experienced attorney who can help protect your rights. At our firm, we know California laws and we can help preserve your rights, helping guide you through the filing process and representing you in cases where your claim was denied.
We can help ensure that you are not taken advantage of and that the case proceeds as smoothly as possible.
Helping Injured Employees in the San Fernando Valley
If you have been injured on-the-job and are interested in receiving workers' compensation, we strongly advise you to hire a San Fernando Valley workers' compensation attorney from our law firm. A lawyer can help you through the complex process and will make sure your rights are protected. Having an experienced attorney helping you will ensure that you won't be taken advantage of and that you will receive much needed workers' compensation.
If you have been injured on-the-job, contact a San Fernando Valley workers' compensation lawyer at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus for help regarding your work injury.
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