Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Southern California Workers
You work hard to earn a good income for your family and loved ones. But now that you have been injured on the job and cannot work, or have difficulty working, you still need to pay for groceries, gas and other everyday expenses – along with new costs like your medical treatment bills.
Under California law, if you sustain a work-related injury or illness you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. But unfortunately, actually getting those benefits is not always easy, and maximizing those benefits without a workers’ compensation attorney can be a challenging, frustrating endeavor. Generally, employers and their workers’ compensation insurance providers are reluctant to live up to their legal obligations.
At Burns Law Group, APC, our goal is to help you secure every benefit, and every penny, you are legally entitled to. We strive to obtain all your workers’ compensation benefits, including quality medical care, temporary disability, permanent disability, and job displacement benefits, so that your workplace injury does not become a financial disaster. Attorney Brendan Burns is an aggressive litigator with years of experience practicing at the various Southern California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards appealing denied claims, maximizing settlements for his injured clients, and obtaining favorable dispositions at Trial.
Should I see a doctor about my injuries?
Believe it or not, some injured workers are actually told not to seek medical attention, or to use their health insurance for an on-the-job injury. This is wrong. If you are injured at work, we urge you to report your injury and request to see a doctor immediately. No matter what caused the injury, even if it was your own fault, as long as you were working, or on the clock at the time of the incident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
My employer fired me after I submitted a workers’ comp claim. What should I do?
Firing, demoting, punishing, or discriminating against an employee who has claimed workers’ compensation benefits is illegal and called “retaliation”. It is against the law in California and the California Labor Code has a special provision that protects you. If you are the victim of retaliation, we can help you.
Beyond Physical Injuries
Not all work injuries are physical in nature. In fact, some of the most difficult injuries to overcome are psychologically based. Employees in high-pressure or dangerous careers commonly develop mental traumas. Unfortunately, employees are also often subjected to ridicule, harassment, or manipulation by co-workers or unfair, disparaging bosses. Anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression are just a few examples of mental health disorders that result from workplace stress or trauma. A severe mental impairment can make it impossible to continue working until you receive the necessary treatment.
The California workers’ compensation system provides benefits for psychologically injured workers, however, actually getting those benefits can be complicated as these cases are routinely denied. At Burns Law Group, APC, we have successfully overcome denied psychological and psychiatric injury claims and obtained high value settlements and dispositions for our clients. We will help you fight for your workers’ compensation benefits with skill and compassion.