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The physical pain, and emotional turmoil, associated with a workplace injury or illness may only be part of the problems you face. A serious injury could mean you are unable to work for quite some time, denying you and your family of income you rely on to survive. Your employer’s workers’ compensation scheme should provide for the medical expenses and a proportion of your average weekly wage but, if you are left with a permanent disability, you will eventually need to claim disability benefits. Despite it being evident that you need financial assistance, injured employees all too often find that their claims are rejected, delayed, or miscalculated. At a time when you are already struggling with recovery and rehabilitation, alongside the major adjustment required to accept your permanent disability, being left out of pocket is unacceptable.

As worker’s compensation specialists, each of the firm’s Santa Clarita permanent disability partner attorneys at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz are very familiar with the ins and outs of claiming disability benefits, and in identifying the best way to proceed in your individual circumstances.

Permanent Disability: What It Means

Any workplace injury can have a long-lasting impact on your life, but some of the most severe could leave you permanently disabled and unable to return to your job. In some cases, you may be able to return to some form of work eventually, but not at the same level that you had previously reached, greatly reducing your earning capacity. For this reason, disability benefits are based on levels of impairment, with the payments you receive being calculated according to the percentage of disability cited by your doctors.

This impairment rating can be allocated incorrectly by insurance companies, who place priority on their own profit margins rather than the impact on your life. When you hire a Santa Clarita permanent disability lawyer from Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz to handle your case, we will not accept anything less than the full amount – and correct rating – that you should receive, enlisting experts such as agreed medical evaluators (AME) or qualified medical evaluators (QME) where necessary.

If you have been out of work due to a workplace injury, we would strongly recommend that you discuss your case with one of our outstanding attorneys, to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve.

How Often Do Workplace Injuries Happen in Santa Clarita, California?

According to figures published by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, a 2016 survey into occupational injuries and illness in the state revealed:

  • 466,600 reportable non-fatal workplace injuries
  • A clear majority of workplace injury occurs within the service industry, with fewest happening within computer, engineering and science roles
  • The most common cause of workplace injury is over-exertion, followed by contact with an object or equipment, and a slip or trip and fall
  • The most common type of workplace injury is sprains, strains and tears, followed by soreness and pain

Any of these injuries could result in permanent disability. If you, or a loved one, have been affected, call us today at 800-747-3447 for your free initial consultation.