Workers’ Compensation, in California, is an Insurance Claims System designed to compensate workers who have sustained work-related injuries. The California Workers’ Compensation System is a state-wide system to protect workers in the State of California.
Many workers in the United States and in California sustain work injuries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, every day in the U.S., more than 12 people die due to work-related accidents or diseases. Every year, more than four million suffer from a serious job-related disease or injury.
In California, if you were injured or became ill due to conditions at work, you need to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. If you fail to file a claim it is likely that you will incur medical costs and have lost wages if you are out on disability. Workers’ Compensation Insurance in California is designed for just such a situation.
California Workers’ Compensation System was designed to simplify the process whereby an injured worker can be compensated. It is a “no-fault” system. This means that you, the worker, do not have to prove your illness or injury was the fault of your employer’s negligence. In return, your employer may not claim that your negligence was the cause of, or contributed to, your injury or illness. Also, as part of the agreement, compensation is limited pursuant to the Labor Code.
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Although Workers’ Compensation Law does not require you to have an attorney prepare your workers’ compensation claim, insurance companies have a reputation for making a low settlement offer to those who are not represented by legal counsel. They take advantage of the fact that you are in a jam and need money. Because of your position, you may be tempted to take the offer as your medical bills pile up and you are late paying your rent or mortgage. You may end up settling your case for far less than it is worth.
When trying to resolve your case, there are some areas for which you deserve compensation that you may not have considered when formulating the value of your case.
- Entitlement to temporary total disability benefits and future entitlement to total temporary disability benefits.
- Medical bills, both current and future.
- Long-term nursing care if required.
- Physical rehabilitation, and other future medical care needs
- Job retraining and rehabilitation if your injury prevents you from returning to your former career.
Third Party Claims
Even though Workers’ Compensation Law prevents you from suing your employer for your injuries, if a third party’s negligence was responsible for your injury, you may still have a civil lawsuit. This type of Civil Lawsuit is called a third-party claim. For example, if you were using a tool at work that was defective, you may have a claim against the manufacturer for putting the defective product on the market or for failing to properly warn about potential dangers.
Attorney Edward Singer is a top Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer. He has more than 25 years of experience representing injured workers in Southern California. He will zealously represent you to be sure that you obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled. Contact him today via his online form or call 310-849-5679. You can also find his offices at 2222 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016 in the Mid City neighborhood of Los Angeles off of I-10 Exit 8.