Workers Compensation

Workers Compensation Attorney, Orange County, CA

You may not know that workers’ compensation laws in California require employers to cover any injuries you suffer while on the job. Such injuries may result from a single incident or repeated exposure. Coverage includes medical care, disability, or death benefits.

A work-related injury may mean that you are no longer able to work or have lasting trauma from your injuries. When you receive injuries on the job in Southern California, you should have an Orange County workers’ compensation attorney to represent your case.

Whether you’re a construction worker injured by a falling object or you have a loved one who suffered a fatal accident, we at Khalil Law Group can represent you. We have experience representing clients in many different kinds of workers’ compensation cases. We will argue hard on your behalf to help you retain all the benefits to which you are entitled.

Call us at Khalil Law Group in Orange County, CA, today for a free consultation about your personal injury case.

Common Workplace Injuries in Orange County, CA

As Orange County workers’ compensation lawyers, we at Khalil Law Group have the experience to represent your case in court or an out-of-court settlement. We often represent construction workers and other employees who work in exceptionally hazardous fields and are injured on the job.

Our workers’ comp attorneys have experience in several practice areas, commonly representing cases involving:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Motion injuries
  • Permanent or temporary disability
  • Car accident cases
  • Toxic substance exposure
  • Injuries from falling objects
  • Machine injuries
  • Strain and overexertion
  • Wrongful death

What Should I Do if I Sustain a Work-Related Injury?

As soon as you realize you’ve sustained a work injury, you must take the following steps:

1. Get medical treatment: Seek medical assistance as soon as the injury occurs. Delaying or refusing treatment can lead the insurance company to deny or reduce your benefits. It may even claim that your injuries are not severe enough to warrant workers’ comp benefits.

2. Notify your employer: California law requires all injured workers to tell their employers about their injuries as soon as possible. You must submit this notification in writing to receive benefits.

3. File for workers compensation: Once you have reported your workplace injuries and received treatment, submit the DWC-1 Claim Form to your employer. Your employer should give you this form when you report your injury, as you must submit it along with other proof of your injury, like medical records. There is a section for the employee to complete. The employer will then fill out their portion before submitting it to the company’s insurance provider.

4. Contact an Orange County workers’ compensation attorney: Workers’ compensation attorneys will help you navigate your case, so you can get the benefits you need while you’re unable to work. Our attorneys can offer free consultations when you contact us by phone or through our website.

Our law practice has the resources and knowledge you need to reduce your stress while caring for your injuries.

How Long Do I Have to File a Workers Compensation Claim?

In California, you have 65 days to inform your employer of your injury in writing. However, if you developed an illness slowly or did not immediately show symptoms of a work-related injury, you have 30 days from the date you discover the illness or injury.

For example, suppose you were to develop carpal tunnel syndrome due to repetitive motion at work. In that case, you might not know right away that you have this problem. Carpal tunnel develops over time, so you likely cannot determine a start date for your condition. After you receive medical treatment and a diagnosis, you must then inform your employer within 30 days.

You can file workers’ compensation claims within one year after the date of your work injury. You must complete the DWC-1 Claim Form and submit it to your employer, who will submit it to the insurance provider.

Although you have a window of time to submit the claim, you should file as early as possible so you will not risk missing the deadline. If you do miss the deadline, you may still be eligible for benefits through the workers’ comp system if:

  • You have notified or previously complained to your employer about your injury, and they did not take action
  • Another employee informed your employer of your injury or illness

Workers’ compensation attorneys can help you defend yourself in personal injury cases if your employer tries to deny you benefits. Our lawyers have secured compensation for many clients, and we can do the same for you.

Workers' Compensation Benefits and Statistics

California provides workers’ compensation benefits to approximately 800,000 employees each year. Temporary and permanent disability benefits comprise about 90% of California claims, which are often more complex than those in other states. Most workers receive injuries to their back, knee, hands, fingers, or multiple areas on their bodies.

When you get injured at work, your employer’s insurance company should be able to give you benefits that cover:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Temporary or permanent disability
  • Physical therapy

Your employer’s insurance provider will review your claim. Still, you should get an Orange County workers’ compensation lawyer to review your case. Having your workers’ compensation case analyzed by an attorney can increase the benefits you receive for your injury and ensure that you receive fair compensation.

The insurance company typically protects the employer, not injured workers. With an Orange County workers’ comp attorney on your side, we can determine how to represent your case to focus on your compensation and recovery.

California Workers' Compensation Laws

Workers’ comp is a type of liability insurance designed to protect your employer from employees who might sue them if they sustain a work-related injury. According to employment law in the state of California, all employers must have workers’ compensation insurance.

Workers’ compensation law states that you are entitled to compensation for medical treatment costs, permanent and temporary disability, life pension, death benefits, and vocational retraining costs if necessary. If your benefits do not cover all your injury costs, you may also be able to file a separate personal injury claim against your employer.

Talk to a workers’ compensation attorney to determine whether you can file a lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. At Khalil Law Group, we offer a free consultation when our workers’ compensation lawyers will give you guidance regarding California law and workers’ compensation claim processes and share our knowledge of our practice areas pertaining to your claim.

How Does Workers' Compensation Insurance Work?

If you sustain an injury at work in Orange County, California, you must follow the claims process through your employer. Your employer is required to provide you with all the necessary forms. However, you must also submit other paperwork, which may include:

  • Medical reports
  • Incident reports
  • Gravity forms
  • Death certificate (if a survivor)

The insurance company will then determine your eligibility for workers’ comp benefits. Worker compensation attorneys can help ensure that you get fair compensation for your injuries. Not all insurance companies will offer you the amount you deserve right away, so you need someone who knows how to negotiate with them.

At Khalil Law Group, we know California law, and we will work hard to achieve justice and ensure that you get all possible benefits for your workplace injury.

Can Employees Face Retaliation from Employers for a Workers' Compensation Claim?

If your employer tries to prevent you from reporting your workplace injury, filing a workers’ comp claim, or collecting benefits, they are violating California law. Firing an employee as a result of their claim also qualifies as wrongful termination.

Your attorney at our law firm knows the procedures employers must follow when their employees become injured at work, as well as what they cannot do. Our lawyers will do everything possible to prevent you from facing illegal repercussions from your employer.

Work with an Orange County Workers' Compensation Attorney

At Khalil Law Group, we have the experience to represent your workers’ compensation case and defend your rights. Our law offices have represented clients across Southern California.

We commit to serving our clients to the best of our abilities. Please call us today at (714) 617-5789 or contact an attorney on our website for a free consultation.

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