No one ever expects to get hurt at work, but this is a reality that thousands of individuals must face every year. Don’t deal with the stress of this situation alone—turn to attorneys Robert Wyman and Daniel Hegwer for help. In each case, they work tirelessly to maximize the benefits awarded to their clients who work in various industries, including construction, health care, manufacturing, warehousing, farming, and hospitality.
No workers’ compensation case is simple, but Robert Wyman and Daniel Hegwer use their legal experience and resources to overcome the obstacles that may stand in your way while fighting for workers’ compensation benefits.
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The law gives California residents the right to workers’ compensation benefits for their work-related injuries; but the law does not make it easy for injured workers to secure these benefits. Robert Wyman and Daniel Hegwer are trusted attorneys who will aggressively negotiate with your employer’s insurance company to secure a favorable settlement on your behalf. If they are not satisfied with the insurance company’s offer, they will not settle for less than you deserve. Instead, they will present your case to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board to ensure you are fully compensated.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
In California, people who have been injured while performing their job duties are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through their employer’s insurance company. You have a right to these benefits regardless of whether or not your employer was at fault for your injuries. There are several different types of benefits that an injured worker may receive after a workplace injury.
First and foremost, you are entitled to medical care benefits that cover the cost of treatment for your injuries. If you are temporarily unable to work as a result of your injuries, you are entitled to temporary disability benefits to make up for your lost wages. Permanent disability benefits are also available in cases where the injury is severe enough to affect you for the rest of your life. In these cases, job displacement benefits may also be available, including benefits to help permanently disabled individuals cover education and retraining expenses so they can find work that they are capable of performing, even with their permanent disabilities. The exact amount of benefits and the types you are awarded will depend on a number of factors, including your income, the nature and severity of your injuries, and your line of work.
What Types Of Injuries Are Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
In California, there are two types of injuries covered by the workers’ compensation system: one-time event injuries and repeated exposure injuries.
One-time event injuries are isolated incidents within the workplace. For example, an employee who suffers burns from splashing harmful chemicals onto the skin has been injured in a one-time event. An employee who slips and falls in the workplace, hurting his back, is also a one-time event injury. If injuries like these occur while the employee is performing his job, they are covered by the workers’ compensation system.
Repeated exposure injuries slowly develop over time. Someone who uses a computer for hours everyday while at work may develop carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of this repetitive work. Likewise, workers who are constantly exposed to loud noises may develop hearing loss. If the repeated exposure is work related, you are entitled to workers’ compensation.
When Should You Contact An Attorney Following A Workplace Injury?
You may experience a wide range of emotions following a workplace injury. This is a completely normal reaction, but it’s important to try to gather yourself so you can do what is necessary to protect your rights. Your first priority following an injury should be seeking medical attention. Following treatment, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney immediately.
Your employer will ask you to complete a claim form shortly after learning of your injury. The information you provide can impact the outcome of your claim, so it’s best to let an attorney complete this form on your behalf. Waiting too long to hire an attorney could mean filling out this form on your own, leading to a crucial mistake that could lower the value of your claim.
As an injured worker, there are restrictions on the amount of time you have to take legal action following a workplace injury. Failing to hire an attorney right away means you may miss important deadlines and lose the right to recover workers’ compensation benefits. It is strongly recommended that you seek legal representation from an experienced attorney as soon as possible after sustaining a work-related injury.
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