Do I Have a Workers’ Compensation Case?
In a matter of seconds, a serious injury at work could change your life drastically. It may take much longer to understand how to proceed with a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits in California. So, how do you know if you have a valid injury claim?
The legal professionals at the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C. focus on providing injured workers in Oakland and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with rapid and effective services. In fact, three of our workers’ compensation lawyers, Ian Cooper, Inna Bimits and Joanne Helvig are recognized as Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. If you recently suffered an occupational injury or illness or have been denied benefits to which you are entitled, we can help.Who Is Covered by Workers’ Compensation in California?
Almost all persons employed in California are covered by Workers’ Compensation. Even if you are the sole employee of a company, you may be legally entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits.
As required by the state of California, Workers’ Compensation is paid by your employer through premiums. The business must provide and post information in the workplace about how to obtain benefits from its insurer.
Workers’ Compensation benefits are not limited to workers who suffer sudden, accidental injuries. Consider the following types of commonly compensated claims:
- Repetitive strain — A cumulative injury occurs when a person suffers harm due to repetitive use of or strain on a body part, such as a wrist or hand or the back. Workers’ Compensation benefits are available if you suffer incapacity caused by repetitive physical actions on the job, or if a prior injury is aggravated by the repetitive action.
- Occupational illness — With an occupational illness, there is a recognizable connection between the illness and workplace conditions or duties. As examples, healthcare workers may contract diseases via exposure to pathogens, and police officers and firefighters may experience cardiovascular problems caused by their high-stress jobs. For Workers’ Compensation injury claims, success depends on demonstrating that an illness or condition arose during the course and within the scope of fulfilling job duties.
- Accidental injury — An injury may occur during a one-time accident at work. People are often injured at their workstations, at jobsites and in car accidents during the normal course of business. Accidental injuries are covered by Workers’ Compensation.
If you suffered a workplace injury, it is vital to ensure that your claim is filed correctly. We can help you obtain comprehensive benefits that cover your medical costs, lost wages due to missed work, and compensation for permanent disability. At our law firm, we can help you avoid common mistakes that could delay benefits or result in denial of your claim.Seek Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Claim From a Skilled Attorney in Alameda County
Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim is crucial if you want to receive the full medical treatment coverage and wage benefits you deserve. Call the Law Offices of John E. Hill, P.C. at (510) 588-1000 or contact us online today for a free initial consultation. Hablamos español.