Injuring yourself at work is the last thing you think will happen. And although your employer may have provided a safe working environment, accidents happen even under the best of circumstances.
If you’ve been injured at work in Irvine and wish to file a workers’ compensation claim, you should consider speaking to the Irvine personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw first. We have experience helping residents of Irvine and others across the nation get the compensation they need to move on after a workplace accident, and we can use that experience to help you and your family. Call today for a free consultation. We will review your case and discuss your options with you, all at no cost. Call OnderLaw today.
Workers’ Compensation (WC) Insurance is a state requirement for almost all employers in California. This insurance provides benefits to workers that suffer injury or illness while on the job and benefits to families of workers that were killed while working. Covered mishaps can include workplace accident injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and any work-related illness or disease. There are different types and amounts of benefits that will vary with the severity of the injury or illness.
WC insurance is mandated by the state of California but is administered by private insurance companies. Under most circumstances, a worker must release their employer from all liability for the injury in order to receive WC benefits. A worker need not prove fault or negligence to collect benefits, only that their injury occurred while they were performing their job-related tasks at the time of injury.
Almost anyone working directly for an employer in California qualifies for WC benefits, with some exceptions, including:
An example would be a construction worker that trips on a cluttered floor at a job site or an industrial worker that contracts an illness from breathing in harmful chemicals over time. Both of these would likely be covered under WC.
The available benefits depend on the severity of the injury or illness. Some available benefits include the following:
If you’re injured at work, it’s important to act quickly to start the WC process and protect your rights. Here are some helpful steps to follow after a workplace injury:
Here are some statistics and data regarding workplace injuries and illnesses in California and elsewhere:
A qualified attorney is necessary when filing a WC claim to ensure that you’re getting all the benefits and compensation you’re owed.
The workers’ compensation insurance system in California is convoluted and difficult for a layperson to understand. It’s full of hidden obstacles and bureaucratic stumbling blocks that can trip up an inexperienced or unwary claimant. Although WC insurance is mandated by state law, it is still administered by private insurance companies that seek to protect their bottom line and avoid paying out claims.
Although there are resources available to help you understand how WC benefits work, unless you hire an attorney to assist you, insurance companies will almost always have the upper hand. Even if you complete all the necessary forms and follow all the required steps, the insurance company can still deny your claim if they don’t believe it has merit. Your attorney from OnderLaw will act as your advocate during the entire claims process. We will handle all the necessary paperwork and answer any questions from the insurance company, allowing you the time you need to recover from your injury.
Your attorney can assist you with resolving any disputes regarding your choice of physician, the treatment you receive, or any out-of-pocket expenses relating to your illness or injury. We will also be available to you at any time should you have any questions or need support of any kind.
We have experience helping Irvine residents with claims of all types, from workers’ compensation claims to personal injury lawsuits against corporate giants like Johnson and Johnson. We handle cases of any size, big or small, and we have the experience and knowledge to make the claims process easier and simpler for you and your family.
In addition to our legal counsel, you’ll receive top-tier service at OnderLaw . We believe all our clients deserve respect, compassion, and empathy during what must be a very difficult ordeal, and we pride ourselves on providing a level of service that you won’t find anywhere else.
Our unique combination of skill, experience, and service has yielded fantastic results, to the tune of over $3.5 billion recovered in settlements and awards for our clients. Head to our Testimonials page to learn more.
Don’t let a workplace injury or illness determine the course of your future. Call OnderLaw today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and let us review your case and discuss your options. The consultation is absolutely free, so don’t delay any longer. Let us help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve so you can heal and get back to your life. Call today.