Why Do I Need A Lawyer For Workers' Compensation In California?

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If you have been injured in the workplace, you may be wondering, “Why do I need a workers’ compensation attorney in California?” The most reasonable answer is to protect your rights.  Whether you were injured in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange or anywhere else in California, you have rights. Any industrial injury, big or small, can be serious and attorney involvement is highly recommended because of the complexities of California workers’ compensation laws, especially if your claim is in dispute with your employer or employer’s insurance company. Regardless of the circumstances of your work injury or workers’ compensation claim, you are entitled to obtain a lawyer to assist you throughout the process. Although your first step should always be to alert your employer of the injury as soon as possible, there are factors beyond communicating your injury to your boss that may require the expertise of a legal professional.

Why You May Need An Attorney

In California, the workers’ compensation system can be confusing to navigate. When you are in severe pain or suffering from an injury in the workplace, the last thing you want to do is interpret poorly written laws or try to cut through bureaucratic red tape. A California workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you get the full benefits to which you are entitled. Here are a few examples of when you should consider hiring a skilled lawyer:

  • Your medical benefits are denied.
  • You have a partial or permanent disability as a result of the workplace injury.
  • You believe you are not receiving the benefits to which you are entitled.
  • Your employer is disputing the claim.

An experienced and reputable Los Angeles work injury lawyer can make all the difference in your case and get the best outcome. The dispute process is adversarial. Unfortunately, an injured worker will likely be at a disadvantage if he or she is not represented by an attorney because the process involves complex legal rules and procedures. Just the terminology can be mind boggling. 

You should hire an attorney as soon as you are injured because the insurance company, the adjuster, their medical professionals, nurse case manager and their attorneys are:

1. Trained and experienced in the process and you are not

2. Responsible to protect the insurance company and not you

3. Not your friends or on your side

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Overview

Disputes over workers’ compensation benefits are rampant and widespread. You may be denied benefits that you are entitled to and that should be provided. An experienced attorney can assist you in navigating the system, with the oversight of a workers' compensation judge and the local Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in Los Angeles, Ventura or Orange counties. The benefits to which you may be entitled if you are injured in the workplace or in the course of employment duties include:

  1. Medical care
  2. Temporary disability benefits
  3. Permanent disability benefits
  4. Supplemental job displacement benefits (such as compensation for training or skill enhancement if you do not completely recover and cannot return to work)
  5. Death benefits to your surviving heirs, should you pass away from your injuries

Work injuries can permanently alter your life. You may suffer from permanent physical or psychological impairment and disabilities or unable to continue performing your job duties. A workers’ compensation lawyer is your advocate, and is there to ensure your rights to medical care and workers’ compensation benefits are not violated.

Consult A Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you are still unsure that you need an attorney, at the very least, you should call an experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyer for a free consultation and case evaluation. While every case is different and only you can decide what’s best for your specific situation, if you have sustained minor injuries at work and feel you understand the workers’ compensation system, you may not need a lawyer. However, it’s often in your best interests to at least consult with an attorney, especially if your benefits are denied.

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Answered 04/11/2017

Disclaimer: This answer was provided by an attorney selected to Super Lawyers, and is intended to be an educated opinion only. This answer should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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