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Accidents can happen when you least expect them, particularly at work where you spend most of your week. The good news is that you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits and take time off to recuperate from workplace injuries. Unfortunately, some employers as well as their insurance companies tend to deny these benefits or undercut them. This can be a difficult situation for injured victims who will not be able to receive adequate medical care. Besides slowing down recovery, denial of workers’ comp benefits creates financial hardship for many disabled workers in Los Angeles and their families.

We fight for your rights

Our firm has represented hundreds of injured workers across Los Angeles and collected compensation and medical benefits on their behalf. If you have been hurt in a workplace accident, it is important you hire a Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorney as soon as possible. When you hire an attorney to represent your interests, you put yourself in the best position to succeed.

At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, we are experienced in litigating workers’ compensation cases throughout Los Angeles and nearby cities. Our Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorneys represent victims whose work-related injuries have interfered with their ability to work. While there are laws that protect workers in this type of situation, hiring an experienced Workers Compensation Attorney in Los Angeles ensures that you and your loved ones receive the compensation you are entitled to receive.

California Workers’ Compensation Costs Compared to other states, National Median

2002 2000 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 216% 148% 236% 166% 121% 131% 155% 188% 176% YEARS RANK BY MOST EXPENSIVE 3 1 1 3 1 1 2 13 5 % OF NATIONAL MEDIAN

SOURCE: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, 2016 Oregon
Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary (October 2016)

California workers’ compensation laws

California laws are designed to make sure every worker injured or disabled through a workplace injury receives monetary compensation to alleviate the financial burdens imposed on them by this pain and suffering. Following a workplace injury, it is important that the victim hires an experienced attorney to help them navigate the complex process of filing for the compensation they deserve.

Some of the most common types of benefits covered by California’s workers’ compensation laws include:

  • Medical care – This includes hospital bills, doctor visits, tests, medical equipment, x-rays, or any other possible treatment.
  • Temporary disability – Some victims may qualify for temporary disability, which means they will need to take some time off work but no more than 104 weeks. During that time, you will receive temporary benefits.
  • Permanent disability – Some people may need more time to fully recover due to their long-term physical or mental condition. In such cases, they can receive permanent disability benefits, depending on the extent of their disability.

What are the most common work injuries in the Los Angeles area?

According to data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries or illnesses across the country during the latest reporting year. While not all of these injuries were severe, many resulted in employees missing time from work.

In some cases, work injuries are severe. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, we have extensive experience helping clients who have sustained the following injuries:

  • Severe sprains and strains
  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Lacerations and puncture wounds
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Open head wounds
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Occupational cancers
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Emotional and psychological trauma

Our team helps workers in this area who are suffering from a variety of repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, and hand and wrist injuries. These injuries typically occur over time in the workplace due to sub-optimal working conditions and inadequate equipment. Many workers in our area can also sustain repetitive motion injuries to their neck, back, knee, and hips.

Our workers’ comp lawyers regularly help clients who have sustained heart and vascular injuries due to the nature of their occupation, as well as chronic lung conditions and disabilities that arise due to exposure to hazardous working conditions. Many of these injuries are more complicated to prove because they develop over longer periods of time. While they may be more difficult to prove, that does not mean that they are any less severe. Repetitive stress injuries and chronic health conditions can significantly impact a person’s ability to perform their work duties.

How do workplace injuries occur in the Los Angeles area?

Workplace injuries can occur in a variety of ways. Contrary to what many people think about work injuries, anyone is at risk of sustaining an on the job injury. Whether you work in an office building or on a construction site, you can be harmed. Some of the most common causes of workplace injuries include:

  • Slip and fall incidents
  • Employers not providing proper training
  • Employers not providing proper equipment
  • Defective equipment or tools
  • Electrocution injuries
  • Getting caught in between objects

How much does a workers’ compensation attorney cost?

At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, we understand that the victims of work injuries may not be in the best financial situation. Along with regular weekly and monthly expenses, injury victims may have incoming medical bills and additional injury-related costs. Affording a lawyer in these situations may seem impossible. That is why our workers’ compensation attorneys take these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients pay no upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. We only collect legal fees after we secure the compensation our clients need for their case.

How long do you have to file a workers’ comp claim in LA and the surrounding areas?

In general, a worker who sustains an injury should report the incident to their employer as soon as possible. You have 30 days to notify your employer of a workplace injury. Failure to do so could result in you not being able to receive benefits. Notifying your employer is not the same thing as actually filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you are injured at work, you have one year from the date the injury occurred to file a claim.

If your workplace injury was caused by a third-party, then you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensation beyond what is available through workers’ compensation benefits. The time limit to file a lawsuit against a negligent third party is two years from the date the injury occurred.

Reach out to us

Our skilled legal team would be happy to review your case and advise on the best course of action. It is important you seek emergency medical attention or go to your medical provider to tell them about your accident or any injuries you may have sustained at work. Some injuries don’t show up right as they may need more time to develop. This is why ongoing treatment is so essential.
Workers’ compensation claims have tight deadlines. Also, you will need to file the appropriate documents, which you may not be familiar with. This is why we are here, to help you with the whole process and make sure you get the right monetary compensation to pay any costly medical bills and lost wages. Contact our offices today to schedule your initial case assessment.

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Date published: 2018-06-14
5 out of 5

Appreciate the professionalism of how they represented me and my case, and the entire staff was extremely helpful and courteous. I felt they truly cared about me as the client, and that made a world of difference to me and my family. 5 star!!