September 27, 2016 Category: Workers Comp
Each year, there are thousands of individuals injured on the job for a variety of reasons. Individuals that fall victim to workplace injuries soon find themselves in a downward spiral of financial debt due to added costs associated with medical treatment. These factors, combined with the reduced income due to job loss, can lead to devastating consequences within families. While there may be a lengthy process to recover from your injuries, there are other forms of relief available to get you and your loved ones the financial relief you deserve. The attorneys at Glotzer & Leib, LLP can help you obtain relief.
Glotzer & Leib, LLP is a personal injury law firm located in Los Angeles, California. Our team of attorneys are experienced personal injury litigators who are able to assist you in obtaining worker’s compensation in the state of California. During an initial consultation, our attorneys will review the facts and circumstances of your claim to advise you of the probability of success of your worker’s compensation claim. While a majority of worker’s compensation claims are initially denied, obtaining an assistance from an experience attorney at Glotzer & Leib, LLP will ensure that you do not fall victim to some of the common pitfalls associated with worker’s compensation claims.
UNDERSTANDING WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION
Worker’s compensation is an insurance program that all employers within the state are required to enter into. Employees do not pay any portion of worker’s compensation insurance. Instead, the state also requires employers to pay the total premium as a cost of doing business.
Worker’s compensation offers many benefits to injured employees, including compensation for lost wages and payment for medical treatment that is necessary as a result of your injury. The monetary benefits of worker’s compensation alone could provide relief to you and your loved ones after a devastating injury occurs. California injured workers are entitled to two-thirds of any pretax gross wages, up to the state mandated maximum amount of funds.
There are several types of worker’s compensation claims that will allow an injured worker to recover worker’s compensation. They are as follows:
- Total temporary disability benefits: Total temporary disability benefits are issued when an injured worker is not able to complete any type of work or where temporary restrictions are so restrictive that your employer cannot offer sufficient accommodations. As the title suggests, these injuries are temporary in nature.
- Temporary partial disability payments: Temporary partial disability is awarded when you are not totally disabled but there are work restrictions or conditions on your ability to work. Temporary partial disability payments are intended to supplement the difference between what you were making and the amount of current income.
- Permanent disability payments: Permanent disability payments are also broken into two categories which include permanent total disability and permanent partial disability. Permanent disability payments are intended to be awarded on a longer basis given the fact that the individual is no longer able to work or will be permanently limited in the work they do.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A WORKPLACE INJURY
If you are injured on the job, it is important to notify your supervisor or any other necessary individuals of the injury, regardless of how minor the injury may seem at the time. Be sure to comply with all necessary policies and procedures the company has established as part of its emergency/incident reporting process. Obtain copies of any written documentation signed after an on-the-job accident or incident.
After you have notified the necessary individuals, you should seek medical treatment for any injuries. Proper medical treatment is the most important factor in ensuring you or your loved one’s health and well-being. Follow through with the recommended treatment plan provided by the chosen medical care provider.
Seek assistance from an experienced personal injury attorney. Obtaining the assistance from a skilled personal injury lawyer is beneficial to take some of the added pressures and stress off of the injured worker. In addition, obtaining counsel in worker’s compensation cases is often necessary to obtain information about the incident. In many cases, an employer’s insurance provider fails to cooperate, which can stall or delay the process of obtaining relief.
COMMON WORKPLACE INJURIES
A workplace injury could encompass any type of accident or incident that occurs on the job. However, there are two workplace injuries that are frequently seen across the job market which include back injuries and repetitive motion injuries. Back injuries are common because most job requirements include some form of lifting, usually up to 50 pounds. Workplace pressures regarding productivity add to the need to complete the job in the least amount of time which can lead to mishaps. Back injuries also occur at locations where desk work dominates. This is because sitting for too long has also been known to cause back injuries. Repetitive motion injuries are more commonly associated with desk jobs. Injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, vision impairment, and stiff or strained muscles are all associated with desk jobs.
CONTACT JOSHUA W. GLOTZER, APC
If you have been injured in a workplace accident or incident in the state of California, the attorneys at Glotzer & Leib, LLP want to help you obtain relief for your injuries. Our firm recognizes the anxiety and anguish that accompanies an injury and a financial disaster. Our attorneys want to help you rebuild your life through monetary compensation. Obtaining the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney ensures the best probability of recovery.
Our personal injury law firm is located in Los Angeles, California. We pride ourselves on achieving satisfactory results for our clients. If you have a personal injury claim and are in the Anaheim, Burbank, Costa Mesa, Downey, Lancaster, Ontario, Pasadena, or West Covina area, contact Joshua W. Glotzer for an initial consultation today. Our professional atmosphere, personalized representation, and consistent communication are what sets our firm apart from other firms. We look forward to assisting you with any of your personal injury needs.