If you have been injured at work, you probably have a lot of questions flying around your mind. Some of the worries that may be bothering you at the moment are likely to include how you and your family will manage without your income, how long you will be recovering and, therefore, unable to earn a wage, and how much your medical bills and expenses are likely to cost. Aside from the physical pain and suffering associated with a serious workplace injury, the financial hardship suffered as a result is sure to lead to some emotional turmoil and stress. The workers compensation scheme was implemented to ensure that those who had sustained injuries in the workplace could recover compensation from negligent employers, and would not be left out of pocket due to the consequences of a workplace accident.
If your employer, or their insurance company, are attempting to underpay, or outright reject, your workers compensation claim, an expert Los Angeles attorney from The Law Offices of Kropach and Kropach can secure the settlement you are entitled to.
Although workplace injuries continue to happen on a regular basis, the good news is that the most recent official figures showed a decline in the number of incidents. 2016 saw the lowest number of workplace injuries in California for almost a decade, with 3.7% of employees within the state having been injured at work, compared to 3.8% in 2015. These figures comprise reported injuries and illnesses of all levels of severity, including fatalities.
Some of the other Los Angeles workers compensation statistics our attorney has become aware of recently include the following:
When it comes to breaking down the type of one-off accidents, slip and fall accidents appear to be the single most common cause of California workplace injuries, with the breakdown shown below:
Whichever type of workplace accident you were involved in, and whatever injuries you have sustained, a Los Angeles workers compensation attorney from The Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach could use the full extent of our legal knowledge and experience to secure the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.
If you live and work in California, or any other state, you may be entitled to claim workers compensation if you were injured at work and satisfy the appropriate qualifying criteria.
To make a workers compensation claim, you must be able to prove that:
Providing you meet the criteria above, a Los Angeles workers compensation attorney could help you to recover damages and benefits in respect of each of the following:
You should remember that the specific benefits you are entitled to receive, and the amount you are entitled to recover, will depend on the nature and extent of your injuries. When you attend your initial consultation with your Los Angeles workers compensation attorney, your lawyer can discuss the specifics of your individual case in more detail.
Although you are, as an employee, entitled to recover workers compensation after a workplace accident in Los Angeles, you also have a responsibility to abide by certain guidelines and timescales. Failing to do so appropriately could have an adverse impact on both your workers compensation claim, and your attorney’s ability to recover the full settlement you are entitled to.
To ensure you receive the benefits and monetary compensation you are entitled to, you must:
If your workers compensation claim is denied, or if you miss the 30-day deadline, contact an expert Los Angeles workers compensation attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.
At the Law Offices of Kropach and Kropach, our esteemed Los Angeles workers compensation attorneys are passionate about recovering the settlement and benefits you are entitled to. To learn more about how a skilled attorney could fight for your legal rights, schedule your free initial consultation by calling us today on 818-609-7005.