Most employers in California are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you’re an employee who’s hurt on the job in Los Angeles, you may qualify to receive benefits for your medical bills, loss of income, and disability. Our experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyers can help you navigate the system and fight to get the full benefits you deserve.
Since 2013, M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers has been fighting for injured workers in Los Angeles and surrounding areas in Southern California. Our tireless pursuit of financial justice has helped us win more than $400 million in benefits, settlements, and verdicts on behalf of clients just like you.
Call our law firm to discuss your case and learn about your legal rights. We can help you work toward a meaningful financial recovery and navigate these difficult days ahead. Your first consultation is free, so contact us or call (877) 300-4535 today to schedule yours.
How M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With Your Claim For Workers’ Compensation Benefits
While you may technically be entitled to recover workers’ comp benefits, actually getting a check in your hands (so to speak) can be challenging. Your employer probably won’t make things easy for you (they don’t want to see their premiums go up), and neither will the insurance company (they care more about profits than your wellbeing).
To get the money you need and deserve, you’ll need an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer by your side.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re top-rated, award-winning litigators with a demonstrated ability to win the toughest cases. Through hard work and dedication, we’ve won hundreds of millions of dollars for our deserving clients.
When you choose our law firm to handle your workers’ compensation case, we will:
- Investigate your workplace accident
- Help you understand the workers’ compensation process and guide you through the steps
- Handle your case for benefits from start to finish – from providing notice to negotiating a settlement to filing an appeal, if necessary
- Hire experts to provide testimony to support your case or dispute claims raised by your employer’s insurance provider
Our goal is to help you walk away with a full and fair financial award. Focus on getting better. Give us the opportunity to get you the benefits you deserve. Call our Los Angeles, CA law office to get started now.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation refers to a no-fault insurance system that offers protections to California workers who are injured on the job. Employers are required to purchase a policy, even if the company only has one employee in the state.
The no-fault coverage means that:
- Workers who are injured while working are entitled to benefits regardless of who or what caused them to get hurt, and
- Employers can’t be sued for workplace accidents and injuries (with limited exceptions).
The purpose of the system is to ensure that injured workers have access to compensation they need right away while also protecting employers from multiple lawsuits for work-related accidents.
We Handle All Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases in California
No matter where you work or what you do, there’s a chance that you might get hurt on the job. If that’s the case, it’s important to work with a law firm that understands the complexities of California’s workers’ compensation insurance system.
At M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers, our Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorneys help clients in cases involving:
- Construction accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Warehouse accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Transportation accidents (including car accidents and truck accidents)
- Accidents involving heavy equipment or machinery
- Hospitality accidents
- Agriculture accidents, and more.
Whether you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, developed cancer or a deadly disease, or been harmed in some other way, we can help you determine the best way to recover compensation. Contact us to learn more and schedule a time to discuss your case for free.
How Do I Know if I Qualify For Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If you’re a California worker, you’ll qualify for workers’ compensation benefits if:
- Your employer carries workers’ compensation benefits;
- You’re covered by the policy; and
- You suffer a job-related injury.
Nearly all California employers have to carry a workers’ compensation policy. So, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to check off that first requirement.
Not all workers are covered by these policies. Coverage extends to full-time employees, part-time employees, and seasonal employees. Your immigration status won’t affect your ability to participate in the program. However, you won’t qualify if you’re an independent contractor, domestic worker (and related to your employer), or a student-athlete.
What exactly is a job-related injury? According to California law, someone is on the job when “performing service growing out of and incidental to his or her employment and is acting within the course of his or her employment.”
In other words, you were injured while performing a task that was related to your employment. It doesn’t mean that you have to be injured at work. Work-related injuries can happen anywhere. For instance, you could qualify for workers’ compensation if you were running errands for your boss and were involved in a car accident. As long as your activities were within the scope of your employment, workers’ compensation benefits should be available.
Contact M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers if you’re unsure whether or not you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in California. Our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles will be happy to review your case, explain your options, and help you figure out the best strategy for recovering compensation.
What Benefits Are Available If I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Los Angeles?
Workers’ compensation claims are different from other types of personal injury cases in many ways. One of the major distinguishing factors involves the types of compensation (or benefits) that can be awarded.
In California, workers’ compensation benefits include:
- Medical care: for the cost of necessary and reasonable medical treatment
- Temporary total disability benefits (TTD): lost wages while you recover
- Permanent disability benefits: lost income if you suffer a partial or full disability
- Supplemental job displacement benefits: money to help you retrain or enhance your skills if you can’t return to the same job after you get hurt
Death benefits can also be awarded to families who lose a loved one in a fatal workplace accident. These payments can be made to spouses, children, or other dependents.
You’ll notice that benefits for things like pain and suffering aren’t available. It’s also important to note that benefits are highly structured and subject to strict limitations.
For instance, you can’t see your own doctor and expect to get reimbursed for the cost of your care. You must see a pre-approved physician and get insurance approval for your care.
Additionally, workers’ compensation will only cover some of your lost wages. Right now, you can expect to recover ⅔ of your average weekly wage, subject to a cap that’s based on the statewide average.
If you’re hurt on the job, workers’ compensation benefits can provide a good foundation and help you get back on your feet. However, it can be important to see if you’re eligible to take additional steps to recover compensation.
If you were injured because of a defective product or the negligence of a third party (not your employer), then you may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. If that’s the case, additional damages – including non-economic awards for your suffering – may be available.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim For Workers’ Compensation Benefits in California?
Before you file a claim for benefits, you’ll have to inform your employer that you got hurt or have become ill. California workers’ compensation law gives you up to 30 days to provide this notice. Once you’ve provided notice, you can then file a formal claim. The statute of limitations is generally one year from the date of your workplace injury or illness (or whenever it was reasonably discovered).
Do not let time go by without taking action. You will forfeit the right to recover benefits if the statute of limitations expires before you file a claim.
It can help to call an attorney for help immediately after your workplace accident in Los Angeles. M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers will be able to offer guidance and help to ensure that you satisfy all legal requirements to get the benefits you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Workers’ compensation benefits can make a world of difference as you fight to get back on your feet after a work-related accident in Los Angeles. Hiring a lawyer can help to ensure that you’re awarded all of the benefits you deserve. Call M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers for help.
Our Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyers have decades of experience navigating tough injury claims like yours. We’ve helped clients recover hundreds of millions in compensation, and we’ll fight to get you every cent your case is worth.
Call our law office in Los Angeles to speak with a member of our compassionate team. We’re here to help you whenever you need it most – 24/7/365. Your first consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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