In California, as in many other states, workers have the right to workers’ compensation for any type of accident suffered at work. You have the right to benefits regardless of the level of severity of the injury. However, the type of accident will determine how much time you will be out of work and for how many weeks or months you will receive benefits. Grupo MedLegal’s group of accident doctors and lawyers includes specialists in Workers’ Compensation law. We are the only ones who will truly fight for you to obtain the maximum benefits provided by law. Call us for a free consultation.
You May Consult a Compensation Lawyer
If you or someone you know suffered a minor accident or injury at work which caused you to miss a few days on the job, you will probably be able to complete the workers’ compensation case with the help of a lawyer. For example, when you are a construction worker and you puncture your skin with a nail and the wound becomes infected. In most cases, you get medical attention, fill out a report with your employer and receive workers’ compensation benefits. You may consult a compensation lawyer to feel more sure of your rights, but you don’t need to hire one.
When Should You Hire a Compensation Lawyer?
In cases that are a little more complex, you should consult a compensation lawyer as soon as possible. You should look for a group of lawyers with experience who can maximize your compensation benefits. Grupo MedLegal’s accident doctors and lawyers are specialists in this area of law. We offer you a free consultation where we review your case and inform you of your options and how we can help you. In the following examples, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
Your employer denies that you had an accident at work or workers’ compensation denies you benefits.
The fact that you have a case does not mean that your employer or the workers’ benefit insurance will accept it. If this happens, don’t give up. Don’t think or assume that the fact that your employer or insurance company denied you the benefits means that you are not entitled to them. The Workers’ Compensation Division of the state of California has an established appeal process you can follow.
You do not agree with the amount of benefits granted by the workers’ compensation insurance.
In many cases the insurance does not cover all of your medical expenses, and reimburses you for less than the salary you should have received by law. You have the right to appeal these decisions, but the process can be complicated. The most helpful thing you can do in this case is to hire a compensation lawyer.
You have suffered severe injuries or wounds that prevent you from going back to work or continuing to do the same job you did before the accident.
California law allows for you to at least be moved to a different department at your job. If the injury is severe enough to keep you from going back to work, you have the right to receive weekly compensation payments for life. This scenario is a nightmare for the insurance company and should be handled through a competent lawyer to be able to win.
You believe a third person is at fault for your accident.
There are times when incorrect assembly on a machine, or the lack of building maintenance where you work, causes an accident. In this situation, besides reporting your case to the workers’ compensation insurance, you have the right to sue this third person (usually an entity). If you suspect that this is your situation, the amount of indemnity you are entitled to is much higher.
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