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When you have been injured or become ill due to your job, you must consult with an experienced Santa Clarita attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. Your employer should offer workers’ compensation benefits, but the insurance company behind the scheme may place their focus on minimizing their own losses, rather than making sure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to and deserve. These insurers are certain to have expert legal teams at their disposal, equipped with extensive knowledge of the relevant area of California law, and the ways in which they may dispute your claim.

Through hiring a Santa Clarita workplace injury attorney from Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, you can benefit from the same outstanding legal representation, albeit from a lawyer committed to obtaining a successful outcome on your behalf.

Your Lawyer Explains: What Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to cover the expenses of all medical treatment required for you to achieve the maximum medical improvement from your workplace injury. This is defined as the point from which you are not likely to improve any further, even with extensive rehabilitation and other treatment. You will also be entitled for compensation in lieu of your lost earnings while you recover, generally capped at two-thirds of your average weekly wage. In the event that you have been left permanently disabled by a workplace injury, your employer’s workers’ compensation scheme could cover a permanent disability payment, based on the percentage of disability as quoted by your doctor.

Should you fall victim to a fatal workplace injury, your surviving family members could be entitled to benefits as follows:

  • Up to $10,000 funeral or burial expenses
  • Up to $250,000 for a single dependant
  • Up to $290,000 for two dependants
  • Up to $320,000 for three dependants

Although there is no legal requirement for you to hire an attorney, it is strongly recommended that you do so. Despite your employer being obliged to offer benefits following a workplace injury, it is highly likely that you will receive less than you are entitled to. Similarly, if you have already had a worker’s compensation claim rejected by your employer or their insurers, hiring a Santa Clarita attorney could secure you the benefits you are entitled to.

The Truth about Workplace Injuries in Santa Clarita, California

According to statistics released by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, a 2016 survey into occupational injuries and illness in the state said:

  • 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

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with a Santa Clarita Workplace Injury Attorney Today

To ensure that you, and your family, receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to, call Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz at 800-747-3447 today for a free initial consultation.