A work-related accident can be painful, confusing, and emotional. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, it is important to do what is necessary to protect yourself and speak with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney. Workers’ compensation benefits (sometimes referred to as“ workman’s comp”) exist to help those injured in work-related injuries heal, recover, and elevate their quality of life. That said, the process can be complex and lengthy. One mistake can result in claim denial, treatment denial, or even deeper confusion.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you need a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer at Nordanyan Law by your side.
Unfortunately, during a workers’ compensation case, your employer’s insurance company may not treat you fairly. You may encounter roadblocks such as a denied claim, requests for excessive amounts of proof, or delayed payments. Your employer may also make it more difficult than necessary for you to obtain fair compensation by failing to submit your claim on time or refusing to corroborate your story. In these situations, a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney from Nordanyan Law can help you protect your rights and demand justice.
When you hire a lawyer, you have someone on your side. Your attorney will not allow anyone to take advantage of you during the fight for fair and full workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, aggressively arguing for a more reasonable compensatory award based on your injuries and related losses. A lawyer may be able to secure you greater compensation than you could have received alone. If settlement negotiations fail to achieve the desired result, our workers’ compensation lawyers can take your case to court in Southern California to fight for a better outcome.
Since Nordanyan Law operates on a contingency fee basis, you do not need to worry about how much hiring an attorney might cost. We understand the financial strife most workers are already under after suffering serious injuries and having to stay home from work. That is why we offer our services at zero dollars down. We will only charge attorney’s fees after we secure you a compensatory award, and only if we win your case. If we fail to obtain you a settlement or jury verdict, we will charge $0 for our services. Using a personal injury attorney that specializes in workers’ comp claims to represent your case could be the best way to protect your rights in California.
Workers’ compensation rights include:
• The right to file a workers’ compensation claim
• The right to medical treatment
• The right to return to your job
• The right to reasonable workplace accommodations
• The right to temporary or permanent disability benefits
• The right to be evaluated by an independent, neutral doctor
• The right to appeal decisions about your treatment, health, and/or workers’ compensation benefits
• The right to settle your case
• The right to directly sue at-fault third parties in civil court
• The right to choose and have your own workers’ compensation attorney
We have helped clients recover the compensation they deserve for injuries including:
• Back injuries
• Head and brain injuries
• Unsafe work condition injuries
• Occupational disease and illness/long-term exposure
• Repetitive motion injuries/continuous trauma
• Catastrophic or fatal workplace accidents
This includes all compensation for:
• Medical treatment including diagnostic testing, physical therapy, medications, surgery, counseling, and rehabilitation
• Temporary disability benefits while off work by a doctor
• Permanent disability benefits for any residual symptoms and/or limitations
• Retraining benefits
• State of California’s Return-to-Work Fund Supplement payment
• Lost support for financially dependent heirs
Because our firm is dedicated to workers’ rights, our workers’ compensation attorneys are also able to do everything possible to obtain compensation if a possible multi-employer/third-party claim issue arises.
Your workers’ compensation case may involve a third-party claim if someone other than your employer negligently caused or contributed to your injuries. A third party is an entity not directly involved in the accident that was a factor in causing your injuries to occur. An injured worker in California could have a third-party claim against a product or equipment manufacturer, a subcontractor, a property owner, or the City, for example, if any of these entities caused the accident.
Naming a third party as a defendant in a lawsuit may take assistance from a skilled workers’ compensation attorney. The lawyers at Nordanyan Law can hire outside investigators and experts to get to the bottom of your case. Whether your serious injury came from a fall, exposure to toxic substances, electric shock, falling objects, structural collapses, a transportation accident, repetitive motion, or a violent crime, we can uncover the truth behind who or what caused the incident to occur. Then, we can go up against this party for compensation on your behalf.
California’s workers’ compensation laws bar recipients from filing lawsuits against their employers in exchange for no-fault benefits. Once you accept a workers’ compensation settlement, you cannot bring a lawsuit against your boss for causing your injuries. You can, however, still file a third-party lawsuit against someone other than your employer. Our attorneys can help you bring a third-party action against one or more parties that contributed to your injuries. You may be eligible for financial recovery through both workers’ compensation and a third-party suit depending on the circumstances.
Construction accidents – scaffolding falls, struck-by accidents, caught-in-between accidents, electricity accidents, power tool accidents, asbestos exposure
Factory accidents – repetitive motion injuries, heavy equipment injuries, conveyor belt accidents, slip and fall injuries
Industrial accidents – fires, explosions, toxic exposure, chemical burns
Auto accidents – collisions while driving a company vehicle, truck accidents
Office accidents – slip and fall accidents, carpal tunnel from typing, toxic exposure
To push back against the powerful insurance companies, you need an aggressive workers’ compensation lawyer from the get-go. The expertise of a work injury lawyer is vital for all stages of your workers’ compensation claim, including:
• When you file your workers’ compensation claim
• If your claim is denied
• If any of your benefits are denied or withheld
• If the settlement offer doesn’t cover all of your entitled wages or medical bills
• If your medical condition prevents you from returning to work
• If you receive or plan to apply for social security disability benefits
• If your employer retaliates or discriminates against you
• If a third party injured you and/or your employer engaged in serious misconduct so you can pursue a workplace injury claim and also a civil suit against a third party
• If you want to challenge your final permanent and stationary report
• If you want to maximize your benefits and compensation
• As you can see, several complex stages, issues, and deadlines demand that you have a true professional in your corner to handle anything that comes your way.
It is common to feel confused or in the dark about the workers’ compensation claim process. Although employers in California must post information about their workers’ compensation insurance provisions publicly in the workplace, most employers stop there and do not teach employees about their rights after suffering injuries on the job in more detail. This may be your first workplace injury and workers’ compensation claim in California. Do not worry. The workers’ comp lawyers at Nordanyan Law are here to answer your questions and walk you through the claims process. We give honest, reliable, and straightforward answers.
Workers’ compensation claims operate on tight deadlines you must obey, or else risk losing any right to benefits. You must report your injuries to your employer within 30 days to be eligible for benefits. Your employer must then report the situation to his or her insurance company within 10 days. You have one year from the date of the workplace accident to file a workers’ compensation claim in California.
No, workers’ comp benefits will not cover your full salary. It will reimburse your lost wages up to two-thirds of your gross weekly earnings. California also places a cap on how much a recipient can receive weekly. This cap changes year by year.
The answer depends on the severity of your injuries. In general, the maximum is 104 weeks of workers’ compensation benefits within a five-year period, counted from the date of your injury. Serious
The total amount a worker can receive for his or her injuries depends on factors such as injury severity and time away from work. This amount can vary greatly, with settlements ranging from $2,000 to $100,000 and more. Catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases may receive greater awards for past and future losses than minor worker injuries. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case, where a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney can let you know what we think it may be worth.
No, an employer in California may not terminate a worker’s employment simply for requesting workers’ compensation benefits. This is the illegal act of retaliation. An employer can, however, terminate employment if your injuries make you unable to perform your essential job functions. You may recover compensation for lost wages if your injury forces you to quit your job. You could also receive payments for occupational therapy and new job training.
These are just five of the many common questions our clients come to Nordanyan Law to answer. We realize suffering a life-changing injury will lead to many more questions and concerns from the average worker. If you have other questions about your recent work-related accident and/or a workers’ compensation claim, contact us today. We can listen to your story and respond to your questions with personalized answers at no cost or risk to you.
An ideal resolution in these cases requires decisive action; workers’ compensation issues have deadlines that need to be followed. If you have been injured, we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible.