You depend on your job to make a living and your employer depends on you to keep their business running. Your employer is also expected to uphold a certain level of care for your safety on the job and stick to safety regulations required by law. If they have failed to do so and you have been hurt as a result, then you may be entitled to workers' compensation in Los Angeles.
At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, our workers' compensation lawyers in Los Angeles understand that you are facing a great deal of stress. That is why we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. You don't have to pay us unless—and until—we win.
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How Does Workers’ Compensation in California Work?
By law, most employers in California are expected to have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees to compensate them if they are injured on the job. Your employer is required to pay a specific amount to you; however, if a third party was involved—such as a manufacturer or someone not employed by your employer—then you may be entitled to secondary compensation.
Workers' compensation claims can be difficult to navigate, especially after you have been injured. Our Los Angeles workers' compensation attorneys are here to guide you every step of the way and ensure you have the best chance of success.
We handle workers’ compensation claims involving:
- Amputation injuries
- Back/neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Head injuries
- Knee injuries
- Mental/psychological injuries
- Occupational disease
- Shoulder injuries
WHAT COSTS ARE COVERED BY WORKERS’ COMP?
In California, workers’ compensation covers all of your authorized injury-related expenses, including (but not limited to) medical costs, rehabilitation costs, therapy, and any job-related retraining you may need to get back to work. You may also be eligible for temporary total or temporary partial disability benefits if your injury has put you out of commission for a time. Should your injury pose permanent limitations on your ability to do your job or eliminate your ability to work at all, you may be able to receive permanent disability benefits.
HOW DO I FILE A WORKERS’ COMP CLAIM IN CALIFORNIA?
When filing a workers’ compensation claim in California, there are a few things you should do:
- Talk to your employer about your injury or developed illness right away. Ideally, do this as soon as you are injured or become aware of your illness so that your employer has the option to send you to a physician in their medical provider network.
- Seek medical attention and keep record of any diagnoses, x-rays, doctor’s notes, prescribed treatments, etc. If your injury requires you to receive immediate medical attention, do so before talking to your employer, but do not wait more than 30 days to report your injury.
- Make your workers’ comp claim official by filing an Application for Adjudication of Claim no more than 1 year after your injury. This is one of several forms you will need to file in order to recover costs associated with your injury or illness.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A CALIFORNIA EMPLOYER DOESN’T HAVE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE?
Every employer in the state of California are required to hold a workers’ compensation insurance policy with a licensed insurer and provide related benefits to their employees when the need arises. Even small companies with only a few employees must provide workers’ compensation for their employees and have sufficient insurance. However, if your employer is not properly insured and cannot cover your injury-related costs, the state of California has what is known as the Uninsured Employer’s Benefit Trust Fund (UEBTF), which serves as a fallback and provides the funds for hurt workers.
The last thing you want to deal with after being hurt on the job is fighting with the insurance company just to get your wages paid or to see that your medical bills are taken care of. Has your workers' comp claim been denied or delayed? Do you suspect some type of insurance bad faith? Our Los Angeles workers' compensation attorneys are here to help. We can file an appeal on your behalf and continue pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Learn more about how we can assist you. Contact Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP at (213) 267-3640 for a free case evaluation.