Workers Compensation Attorney Los Angeles

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.

Workplace Injuries in Los Angeles, California – The Facts

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:

  • 72% of those employees who reported having been injured at work hired a lawyer to handle their workers compensation case. Repetitive strain injury victims were most likely to work with an attorney (80%), with accident victims only choosing legal representation in 69% of cases. This may be attributed, at least in part, to the complexity of proving an RSI, whereas the accident victim need only evidence that the accident happened
  • The most common cause of workplace injury was one-time accidents, which resulted in 66% of the reported injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries accounted for 28% of workers compensation claims
  • 6% of respondents reported that their workers compensation claim had been due to a stress-related injury or illness

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:

  • 41% slip and fall accidents
  • 15% of injuries caused by being struck by an object
  • 16% were involved in a car or machinery-related accident
  • 7% of injuries resulting from lifting
  • Other causes accounted for the remaining 21% of accidents

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.

Can a Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorney Help Me?

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:

  • You were an employee of the firm in question at the time of the accident
  • You were injured on the job, or have developed a condition as a result of doing your job

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:

  • Medical expenses incurred as a result of your workplace injury
  • Lost earnings
  • Benefits applicable to permanent disability
  • Forecasted future medical treatment and therapy requirements

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.

What You Should Do After a Los Angeles Workplace Injury

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:

  • Report your injury immediately, and seek appropriate medical attention
  • Inform your employer in writing within 30 days of the accident. If you fill in the relevant section of the workers compensation claim form within 30 days, this can serve as your official notice
  • If your claim relates to a repetitive strain injury or a work-related illness, there are special rules dictating when this 30-day period starts. Generally, you have 30 days from the date on which you first saw a doctor about your condition, or knew the condition had been caused by your work. Your Los Angeles workers compensation attorney can explain this to you in more detail if required
  • You may need to attend a certain doctor if specified by your employer’s workers compensation policy

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.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with a Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorney Today

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 818-600-4714.

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Date published: 2017-11-11
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Mr. Kropach and the staff were very friendly and professional from the first time I and my wife walked into his office. He was very honest and straight forward from the beginning and we are blessed we made the right decision. Mr. Kropach and staff kept us informed throughout the whole process through email and by phone. My case took about 2 yrs and I never would have imagined how well it would be turned out. Thank you Mr. Kropach, Jill and staff for making this process seamless.

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