If you cannot work because of a work-related accident, injury or illness, you are entitled to disability benefits to cover your loss of income. These benefits are often denied, delayed or miscalculated, or sometimes terminated before the employee has healed.
At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, we stand up to employers and insurance companies to win the full disability compensation our clients deserve. Whether you are temporarily disabled or permanently injured, our workers’ compensation specialists* handle temporary disability and permanent injury claims across Southern California.
Are you getting full benefits? Are you getting the runaround?
Call us today for a free consultation about your entitled benefits under California workers’ compensation. From our office in Van Nuys, our law firm helps clients throughout Greater Los Angeles.
Our experienced lawyers are knowledgeable about every aspect of disability benefits:
Temporary Disability (TD) — If the injury keeps you off the job for more than three days, you may be eligible for temporary disability. These benefits are equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage with a maximum amount depending on the year of your injury. In general, TD benefits continue until you return to work, your primary treating physician clears you to work or you reach the maximum of 104 weeks.
Employers often undercalculate benefits by neglecting to include overtime, bonuses, commissions, tips or wages from second jobs. We can step in to make sure you get the full entitled amount, including any back pay owed to you. We can also handle your appeals through the proper channels if your claim is denied for any reason.
Permanent Disability (PD) — If a lasting injury affects your ability to earn a living, you may be eligible for permanent disability. You can collect PD benefits even if you return to work. Permanent disability benefits are based on your impairment rating, expressed as a percentage.
If there is a disagreement over your impairment rating or medical treatment, your claim may be evaluated by a qualified medical evaluator (QME) or an agreed medical evaluator (AME). Our attorneys can prepare the request for reconsideration of the summary rating and argue your case before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Disability Settlements — Once the disability rating is resolved, an injured employee may opt for a lump-sum settlement of the claim, subject to approval by a workers’ compensation judge. You might settle the entire claim (compromise and release) or settle the disability claim but retain the right to future medical care (stipulation with request for award). Our attorneys can help you decide what is in your best interests.
We understand that any delay or reduction in your disability benefits can be a major hardship when you cannot work. For a free consultation with our knowledgeable and aggressive Van Nuys disability benefits attorneys, call 818-812-5639 or (toll free) 800-747-3447 or contact us online. You pay no fees unless we win your case.
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*Certified by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as specialists in workers’ compensation law
Any person who makes or causes to be made knowingly false or fraudulent material statements or material representation for the purpose of obtaining or denying workers’ compensation benefits or payment is guilty of a felony. Toda aquella persona que sablendo tapa o causa que se produzca cual quier falsas o fraudulentas alegaciones o representación de trabajadores es culpable de un crimen mayor.