Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you were injured on the job or suffered an occupational illness, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In California, nearly all employees are eligible for workers’ compensation, including full-time employees, part-time employees, and seasonal workers. Additionally, workers’ compensation covers all types of work-related injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions—as long as you can prove that your injury or illness was caused by activities you carried out that benefitted your employer or your workplace environment, you are covered. Although we have worked with many individuals struggling with workers’ compensation, we understand that no two cases are alike, and make sure to treat them as such.
Unfortunately, actually recovering workers’ compensation benefits is not a given. In fact, your employer or their insurance company may dispute your claim—or even deny it altogether. It is important that you protect yourself, your rights, and your best interests by working with an experienced legal team.
Get started with a free initial consultation today; call 888-514-5112 or contact us online.
Workers’ Comp Lawyers Serving Greater Los Angeles Area
At the Barkhordarian Law Firm, our Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorneys have spent nearly a decade representing injured workers and employees throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area and beyond. From our office, we provide personalized legal services and aggressive client advocacy. Our team is here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have at any stage of the legal process. We provide legal services in English and Spanish and, when it comes to our workers’ compensation services, we do not collect any attorney fees unless/until we recover compensation on your behalf.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program put in place by the State of California to medically treat and financially compensate employees who have been injured on the job. Each state mandates its individual laws for the administration of workers’ compensation claims, payments, procedures, and legal proceedings. In California, nearly all employees are covered by workers’ compensation. Additionally, because it is a no-fault system, you do not need to prove that anyone was negligent or that you were not at fault for the accident or incident that caused your injuries to recover compensation.
If you have been injured or became ill while performing work as an employee, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. It is important to know your rights to be sure you receive the appropriate medical care and compensation due to you.
Workplace injuries can be very complex and range from simple injuries that heal in a few weeks to devastating ones that may never resolve. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, the Barkhordarian Law Firm can help you determine what needs to be done to protect your rights and help you get what you deserve.
Types of Work-Related Injuries
Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Los Angeles have years of experience to help determine if your injury meets the eligibility requirements for California workers’ compensation.
Some common types of work-related injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation include:
- Specific Injuries: Injuries that occur on the job site/due to one-time, single accidents
- Long-Term Injuries: Injuries that occur slowly over time, usually from repetitive motions in performing daily routines
- Stress-Related Injuries/Illnesses: Stress or anxiety caused by the work environment/duties
- Disease or Illness Due to Various Exposures: Most often, injuries/illnesses caused by chemical exposure at work (e.g., cleaning supplies or working with industrial chemicals)
- Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Injury or Condition: Worsening of various conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, or even a psychological disorder, due to work injuries/work-related activities
If you or a loved one suffered any type of work-related injury or occupational illness, reach out to our team at the Barkhordarian Law Firm to learn how our attorneys can help you with your workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in California
Eligible employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses in California are entitled to certain benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation system.
Below, we have provided a brief overview of the various workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to receive:
- Medical Benefits: Workers’ compensation pays for all “reasonable and necessary” medical care related to your occupational injury or illness. This includes but is not limited to expenses associated with emergency care, ongoing treatment, rehabilitation, copays, medications, and transportation costs to and from medical appointments.
- Temporary Disability: Temporary disability benefits are paid to employees who are temporarily unable to work due to work-related injuries and illnesses. Temporary disability benefits are typically calculated based on two-thirds the worker’s average weekly wage, subject to state-set weekly maximums.
- Permanent Disability: Workers’ compensation also pays permanent partial disability (PPD) and permanent total disability (PTD) benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses that prevent them from returning to work at full capacity or in any capacity, respectively. Visit our page on permanent disability and learn more about these types of benefits.
- Supplemental Job Displacement: Also known as vocational rehabilitation benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits are available to employees who cannot return to their past employment due to work-related injuries or illnesses. This benefit is only available when the employee’s employer does not offer alternative or light-duty (modified) work.
- Death Benefits: When an employee is killed or dies due to a work-related injury or illness, his or her surviving spouse, children, and other dependents may be entitled to death benefits through the workers’ compensation system. These include both wage replacement benefits and compensation for funeral/burial expenses.
Understanding California’s Workers’ Compensation Process
The workers’ compensation claim and appeals processes can be daunting. However, there are steps you need to take to successfully file a claim.
If you are injured or suffer a work-related illness, make sure to do the following:
- Notify Your Employer: It is important to document your injury in person or in writing right away. By law, you are required to notify your employer of your injury or illness within 30 days. The 30 days begins either on the date of injury or the date on which the injury/illness was discovered/reasonably could have been discovered.
- File a Claim: Our skilled attorneys are valuable advocates in filing a claim and will guide you through the process, ensuring everything is accurate. Note that you only have one year from the date of injury/date the injury or illness was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered to file your claim.
- Validate Your Claim: Comply with your insurance carrier or employer to investigate and validate your claim. Much of the “heavy lifting” happens during this phase. If your claim is accepted, you begin receiving monetary and medical benefits.
- Obtain MMI: Undergo a new doctor evaluation once you obtain maximum medical improvement (MMI). It is essential that you receive proper evaluation during this step to determine current and future benefits. It is wise to have an advocate on your side rather than rely on your employer’s insurance carrier to make this determination.
- Appeal (If Needed): Appeal your claim if it is denied. Let our attorneys represent you before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. We have the knowledge and experience to advocate for your rights before the judges.
At every stage of the process, our Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyers are here to provide the answers and information you need. Our goal is to eliminate your stress and move your claim through the system as efficiently as possible, all while fighting for the maximum benefits you are owed.
What To Ask A Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Before hiring a lawyer to help you with your workers’ compensation claim, it’s important to make sure that you ask your lawyer some questions.
Questions to ask your workers’ compensation attorney include the following:
- What is your success rate?
- How long have you been practicing law?
- What does it cost to hire a workers’ compensation attorney?
- How often will we communicate and how?
- How long will the process take?
- How much time do I have to file my workers’ compensation claim?
- What court representation experience do you have?
- Have you represented clients facing similar injuries to me?
- How will my claim be affected if the accident was my fault?
- How long will it take for me to receive compensation?
- Can I sue my employer?
- When do you suggest that I go back to work?
How a Los Angeles Workers’ Comp Lawyer Can Help
At the Barkhordarian Law Firm, we are ready to guide you through the necessary procedures to ensure compliance with the applicable California workers’ compensation laws. We will fight for you every step of the way and work to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
We can help you if you have questions about filing your initial claim, have been injured in a construction accident or have suffered a permanent disability, wish to file a third-party work injury claim, have had your claim denied or your benefits terminated, or are dealing with any other workers’ compensation-related issue, dispute, or concern.
When you are injured or ill, dealing with the applicable laws to obtain much-needed medical treatment can be overwhelming. This is where we come in. At the Barkhordarian Law Firm, our lawyers fight for your rights to medical care and attention. Attaining quality care for your workplace injury or illness is paramount. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential steps on your road to recovery.
A workplace injury can have a devastating impact on you and your family. You are likely worried about your job, money, health, and family obligations. We understand what you are going through. The Barkhordarian Law Firm is dedicated to helping you through this traumatic experience. We serve as your advocate, your guide, and your support. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are committed to maintaining a close relationship with you and ensuring that you are kept abreast of everything going on throughout your claim.
To further alleviate the strain of this stressful experience, we do not charge upfront fees. We will NOT charge you if we do not obtain any form of settlement for you. Rest assured, if you are looking for a workers’ compensation attorney in Los Angeles, the Barkhordarian Law Firm is here to serve you.
Contact us online or call our office at 888-514-5112 to learn how we can assist you during a free initial consultation. Hablamos español.
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