Experienced Workman’s compensation attorney & lawyer California
If you are hurt while on the job, you need an Orange County workers compensation attorney and lawyer on your side. If you were injured either from a workplace accident or due to a progressive, chronic and persistent injury perpetuated through performing your job function, you have specific entitlements as an employee in Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County (and the rest of California).
The Law Office of Michael J Holmes will help you understand your options and work with you to achieve a desirable outcome. We can assist in determining exactly what type of claim you have; whether it’s a workers compensation claim or personal injury claim. Beyond that, we will help you assess whether or not you’re entitled to Social Security Disability benefits, depending on the circumstances and extent of your injury.
No matter what the circumstances, we are prepared to handle all aspects of your San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino County and Orange County Workers Compensation case.
In many situations, workers compensation cases in California can run smoothly and doesn’t necessarily require the hiring of an workers comp attorney. However, there are numerous occasions when having a qualified workers compensation attorney fighting on your behalf can result in a more favorable outcome for the injured party. Disputes with insurance companies regarding nature and extent of injury, medical treatment required and long-term impact on the employee can prove difficult for the uninitiated. Another example is that employers and their insurance providers may try to identify pre-existing or underlying conditions that may have contributed to your injury.
Having an aggressive and knowledgeable Orange County workers compensation attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
California’s Workers Compensation Laws
The Official California Government page details some of the generalities when it comes to classifying and understanding Workers Compensation.
Workers’ compensation is the nation’s oldest social insurance program: It was adopted in most states, including California, during the second decade of the 20th century. Unlike most social insurance programs, workers’ compensation benefits are not administered by a government agency. They are administered primarily by insurance companies and those employers secure enough to self-insure their workers’ compensation liability.
When an employer becomes aware of a work-related injury or illness, it is expected to begin providing benefits to the injured worker. Sometimes a dispute may arise between the claims administrator and the injured worker over benefits.
Orange County workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide you with the medical treatment you need to recover from your work related injury or illness, partially replace the wages you lose while you are recovering, and help you return to work. Workers’ compensation benefits do not include damages for pain and suffering or punitive damages.
An Orange County workers compensation attorney needs to be well versed in all aspects of the litigation process as it pertains to Workers Comp. This includes Labor Code, California Code of regulations, pending and/or proposed rules and precedent.
Report Your Injury
Make sure your supervisor is notified of your injury as soon as possible. If your injury or illness developed gradually, report it as soon as you learn or believe it was caused by your job. Reporting promptly helps avoid problems and delays in receiving benefits, including medical care. If you don’t report your injury within 30 days, you could lose your right to receive benefits for Orange County workers compensation.
Seek Emergency Treatment, If Required
If it’s an emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Tell the medical staff that your injury or illness is job-related. If you can safely do so, contact your employer for further instructions.
If you don’t need emergency treatment, make sure you get first aid and see a doctor if necessary. After obtaining necessary medical care, contact an Orange County workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.
Did You Know…?
- You can attend a free seminar on workers’ compensation or contact the Information and Assistance Unit if you have questions. You can also call 1-800-736-7401 for recorded information
- Medical care must be paid for by your employer if you get hurt on the job — whether or not you miss time from work
- You may be eligible to receive benefits even if you are a temporary or part-time worker
- You don’t have to be a legal resident of the United States to receive most workers’ compensation benefits
- It’s illegal for your employer to punish or fire you for having a job injury or for requesting workers’ compensation benefits when you believe your injury was caused by your job
- Slip and Fall Injuries in the Workplace are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in the workplace.
The National Floor Safety Institute reports concrete statistics that help illustrate the epidemic of Slip and Fall Injuries.
- 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition)
- 22% of slip/fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2002).
- Compensation & medical costs associated with employee slip/fall accidents is approximately $70 billion annually (National Safety Council Injury Facts 2003 edition).
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 15-24 years.
- According to Workers Compensation statistics from ITT-Hartford Insurance Company, falls account for 16% of all claims and 26% of all costs. This compares to 33% of costs associated with sprains and strains.
Suffering From a Work Related Injury? The Law Office of Michael J Holmes can help!
Orange County workers compensation cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. When we accept your case, you pay no fees or costs unless we recover damages for you. Bottom line: If YOU don’t get paid, we don’t either. For those who may be struggling with injuries or handicaps, we are glad to arrange meeting you at the hospital or your home; whichever is most convenient for you.
If you or a loved one was has been the victim of an injury at work, we urge you to contact our law office for a free consultation. An Orange County workers compensation attorney is available 24 hours a day at (888) 322-3945. For your convenience, evening and weekend appointments are available.