Have you or someone you love been in an accident while on the job? Did this accident cause you severe injury or financial strain? If so, you may be eligible for compensation through a workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit. Contact the Bakersfield personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us review your case to determine whether you’re eligible. Don’t let a job-related injury determine the course of your life. Call us today.
Every employer in California is required by law to carry some form of workers’ compensation (WC) insurance. This insurance provides several types of benefits to employees that are injured on the job. The WC program is designed to protect businesses and employees from financial loss when an employee is injured while working. If an employee applies for and accepts workers’ compensation benefits after being injured, they typically lose the right to sue their employer for negligence with an injury lawsuit.
Workers’ compensation insurance has been a requirement for employers in California since 1917, though there have been significant changes in the requirements through legislative action since its inception.
Almost anyone, even a part-time worker, who is injured at work can claim WC benefits. This includes physical injuries, repetitive stress injuries, illness caused by working conditions, and some mental illnesses. Injuries that do not usually qualify for WC benefits include self-inflicted injuries, injuries brought on by outside stress, or injuries that occurred while the employee was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Volunteers, independent contractors, people working for aid or sustenance, and people employed by their own families are usually exempt from workers’ compensation claims.
WC insurance provides several types of benefits to injured employees:
Here are some helpful steps to take after a work injury to protect yourself and start the workers’ compensation process:
Here are some helpful statistics regarding workplace injuries and fatalities in California and elsewhere:
Filing for WC benefits in California can be a complex undertaking. Hiring an attorney to assist is almost required to fully understand what benefits you’re entitled to and how much you should receive, especially if your injury ended in severe or permanent disability.
The amount of benefits you receive can also affect your eligibility for federal programs, such as Social Security Disability Benefits. An experienced lawyer can help you determine exactly how much in WC benefits to request so that other programs aren’t affected.
Hiring an attorney also means that we do the lion’s share of the work. We will field all the phone calls, keep your claim on schedule, and keep all your information in order so that you can do exactly what’s intended with WC benefits: recover from your injury so you can return to work.
Dealing with the bureaucracy and red tape associated with WC claims can leave you feeling frustrated, angry, and overwhelmed, with nowhere to turn for help. Your attorney is more than your source for legal information. We are your guide, your confidant, and your support during this difficult time. We’ve seen all this before, and we know the best way to make the system work for you and your family.
You’ve made the decision to hire an attorney for your WC claim, but why should you choose OnderLaw?
We believe in providing a level of service that you simply won’t find anywhere else. We treat our clients with the respect, compassion, and dignity you deserve because we think the best way to represent our clients is to place ourselves in your shoes and fully appreciate the ordeal you’re going through. We will take the time to get to know you and the intricacies of your case and build a solid relationship based on mutual trust and candor.
We don’t just help our clients. A law firm is only as successful as the communities that support it, and giving back to those communities is a core part of our mission. We regularly donate to charitable organizations and causes such as MADD, Toys for Tots, and the Lupus Foundation of America.
But honestly, the best reason to choose us to represent you is our proven record of success. We’ve obtained over $3 billion in settlements and awards for our clients since 2002. We can’t guarantee a win for every case we take on, but we can guarantee the same teamwork that obtained these results will be used for you and your family.
If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t wait any longer. California’s statute of limitations on workers’ compensation claims is one year from the date of the injury, so time is a factor. Call the attorneys at OnderLaw today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us help ensure you get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. Call today.