As soon as possible after you have been hurt in a workplace accident or have been diagnosed with an occupational disease, come to Accident Attorneys for help in claiming the compensation you deserve. All employers in the Antelope Valley and throughout California are required by state law to carry workers' compensation insurance, so you are most likely entitled to claim benefits through this no-fault insurance system.
An Antelope Valley work injury lawyer from our team can assist you with gathering the necessary documentation and evidence to support your claim, as well as expediting your claim throughout the process and fighting to contest any wrongful reduction or denial of your benefits.
Workers' compensation provides payment for any and all treatment that you may require to achieve the maximum medical improvement, the level at which your condition is not expected to get any better even with continued care. You can additionally receive disability benefits, which are generally calculated at a rate of two-thirds of your average weekly wages.
In the event that you are left with a lasting impairment, you can receive permanent disability benefits at a rate based on the percentage of disability that is assigned to you by your doctor.
Workers' compensation also provides death benefits to the surviving family members, including up to:
Unfortunately, workers' compensation cannot fully replace your losses. To begin with, it only provides partial replacement for your lost income, normally calculated at a rate of two-thirds of your normal wages. In addition, workers' compensation does not offer any type of payment for pain, suffering, and emotional distress. An Antelope Valley construction accident lawyer attorney from our team can assist you with the process of claiming workers' compensation benefits and help you pursue additional compensation from other sources.
For example, you may have grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a third party such as a subcontractor or property owner whose negligence was the cause of the accident. Alternatively, you might be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer of defective or dangerous equipment or tools that caused or contributed to your accident.
You are not legally required to hire an attorney to represent you in your workers' compensation claim, and given that it is not necessary to prove fault, you might wonder why you would want to retain legal representation. The fact is that you cannot count on the insurance company to pay you the full benefits you are due without a fight. Their primary concern is to protect the bottom line, and this means reducing or denying your claim if at all possible. Insurers will often dispute the validity of a claim by arguing that the injury or illness was not sustained at work, or may seek to minimize the value of benefits on the basis that the injury is not as severe as it actually is.
When you need workers' compensation benefits, you need them now, and you should not be forced to struggle and argue for approval of your claim when you have already been through so much. Let us take on the challenge of maximizing your claim and obtaining payment with a minimum of delay.
Contact a Lancaster workers' compensation lawyer now for a free consultation to find out how much you may receive in benefits!