If you’ve been injured in the workplace, however severe or minor the injuries may seem, you could be entitled to worker’s compensation. Unfortunately, your employer’s insurance company may make this process more complication than it needs to be, often denying valid claims on rather spurious grounds. If you’ve suffered a muscular or other injury at work, only to have your worker’s compensation claim denied, don’t give up. Don’t march into your boss’ office demanding payment either – your best course of action is to consult an experienced Los Angeles workers compensation attorney.
What Should I Know About Workers Compensation?
As we’ve mentioned, sometimes insurance companies can appear to be trying their best to deny valid worker’s compensation claims and, in other cases, a simple administrative error could leave you without an income while you recover from your injuries. However, you should be aware that there are limits to worker’s compensation, in terms of what you’re entitled to and what the compensation covers.
If your injury was caused by your work, and is a qualifying injury, your worker’s compensation payments will cover all medical bills relating to diagnosis and treatment of your condition. An experienced Los Angeles worker’s compensation attorney can help you to recover loss of earnings, which is normally calculated at two-thirds of your regular wage.
Before approaching a lawyer about your worker’s compensation cause, you should know that the following five conditions will normally disqualify you from claiming:
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the injury happened
- Self-inflicted injuries. For example, this may include not paying due attention to your work, or starting a fight with a co-worker
- Committing a crime or taking part in illegal or criminal activities at the time when the accident or injury occurred
- Not being in the workplace, or completing tasks other than those required for your job at the time when you sustained your injury
- Violating company policies or procedures at the time of injury
Consulting a Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorney
Assuming your injuries aren’t disqualified by any of the conditions mentioned about, you need to consult an experienced worker’s compensation attorney who can pursue your best interests and help protect your rights.
Worker’s compensation claims can be complex, particularly as the injury may not be immediately obvious. Certain long-term health issues can take time to develop, such as chronic back problems, stress, or lung problems caused by working with hazardous materials. As well as this, the requirement for injury to occur in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have been in your usual place of work – injuries incurred on work trips can also qualify.
If you feel you could benefit from the expertise of a worker’s compensation attorney, our Los Angeles team can review your individual case and make relevant recommendations. We recognize that you, and your case, are unique, and will always treat you as such. To arrange your free consultation, contact our worker’s compensation lawyers on 818-609-7005 today.