Southern California Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you have been injured on the job, or exposed to an occupational disease or illness, you may be entitled to medical expenses, wage replacement, and other benefits by filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. At Pisegna & Zimmerman, we help injured workers in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties obtain Workers’ Compensation when they have been injured in a workplace accident, including representing them before judges and administrative appeals panels when necessary to fight a denial of benefits or challenge to their claim.
What Workers’ Compensation Is (and What it Isn’t)
Workers’ compensation is an insurance-based system run by the state for the purpose of compensating workers for on-the-job injuries or workplace illnesses. Workers’ Compensation is not a fault-based system, meaning you do not have to prove that your employer was negligent or to blame for causing your accident or injury. Instead of filing a lawsuit and having to prove fault, you file a Workers’ Compensation claim. Since you do not have to prove your case to a jury, the likelihood of receiving benefits is much more certain.
California Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The trade-off for this level of certainty is that you normally cannot recover as much through Workers’ Compensation as you could in a lawsuit. The amount of Workers’ Compensation benefits you can receive are already established by law according to set schedules. Also, you do not have a choice in the matter. Workers’ Compensation is the injured worker’s exclusive recourse for compensation, and injured employees generally may not sue their employer in civil court for money damages. Benefits you may be entitled to include:
- Medical care
- Temporary disability benefits as wage replacement while you are recovering
- Permanent disability benefits as wage replacement if you don’t recover enough to return to work
- Job displacements benefits in the form of vouchers to help pay for retraining or skill enhancement
- Death benefits for a surviving spouse, children and dependents of a worker who dies
Benefits Are Not Guaranteed
Even though Workers’ Compensation is an insurance-based system, and you do not have to sue to get compensation, obtaining benefits is still by no means guaranteed. Timelines are short and procedures are strict, and it is easy to unknowingly lose or hinder your rights. Worse, your employer may fight your claim by arguing that you are not really injured or that your injury was not work-related. You may be required to submit to an Independent Medical Examination (IME) and produce other evidence to support your claim. If your claim is denied, you may have to pursue your case in front of a workers’ compensation judge or the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. For these reasons and others, it is important to get legal help with your workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible for the highest likelihood of success with your claim.
At Pisegna & Zimmerman, we understand how disastrous a workplace injury can be to you and your family. You need the help that California Workers’ Compensation provides, and you need it in a timely manner. We assist injured workers in obtaining the full measure of Workers’ Compensation benefits, even if their claim has been initially denied. We also help workers seek recovery for third party liability where applicable. From Los Angeles and Santa Clarita to Hesperia and Victorville, contact the Southern California Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Pisegna & Zimmerman for a free consultation regarding your right to compensation for your on-the-job injury.