Workplace accidents are never planned and, as a result, you may not have prepared for being injured on the job and unable to work. Whether you live alone or have a family relying on your income, a sudden loss of earnings can be difficult to manage. The extent of the financial impact of temporary disability due to a workplace injury is, of course, your own concern; however, should you encounter resistance from your employer, or their insurance company when attempting to claim the benefits you are entitled to, a Lancaster disability benefits attorney could be an outstanding addition to your team.
Under California law, which applies to Lancaster and surrounding areas, you are entitled to claim workers compensation benefits to ease the financial burden of being unable to work after a workplace injury, and you may be eligible to claim on the grounds of either temporary or permanent disability.
Temporary disability, as the name suggests, refers to an injury which leaves you unable to work for a period of time, but is not expected to have a permanent effect on your ability to earn a living. Under California workers compensation law, temporary disability is classified as that which lasts for up to 104 weeks. Temporary disability benefits in California will generally amount to around 60% of your normal wage. You should note that you may still be entitled to claim Social Security insurance benefits (SSDI), although your workers compensation is likely to reduce the amount of SSDI you receive.
When you have been injured at work in Lancaster, temporary disability benefits will be easier to secure than their permanent counterparts but, as you will need to prove that you satisfy certain criteria, it is strongly recommended that you work with a disability benefits attorney.
Unlikely as it may appear, this statement is true although, as with other aspects of workers compensation and disability benefits claims in Lancaster, it will depend on your circumstances. Should your workplace injuries limit your ability to undertake certain tasks you were able to complete beforehand, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits.
Claiming any disability benefits in California, particularly permanent disability benefits, will require you to submit your medical records. Consequently, it is strongly advised that you contact your doctor immediately following an accident, and ensure that all of your injuries are recorded. Should further injuries become apparent at a later stage, you should make sure that these are also contained within your medical records.
It is impossible to put a figure on a disability benefits claim without discussing the specifics in person. Various factors, including the severity of your injuries and the length of time you are expected to be out of work, will be considered when calculating your benefits.
To pursue the compensation you are entitled to after a workplace injury, contact us today on 818-812-5639 today to schedule your free initial consultation with an excellent Lancaster disability benefits attorney.