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Across the U.S., millions of people are injured each year at work. Thousands of workplace accidents result in serious injuries and even death. Employees who are injured while on the job are entitled to just compensation for their injuries.

Family members may be entitled to compensation for a loved one who was fatally injured while on the job. Depending on the injury, a worker may be entitled to various means of compensation. Employees who have suffered a work injury should seek the advice of an experienced Palmdale on-the-job accident attorney. The lawyers at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz have the resources and knowledge required to identify and litigate all of the available claims open to an employee.

Third-Party Claims for Workplace Accidents

Workers’ compensation benefits often do not provide enough coverage and financial assistance to employees injured on the job. California recently passed legislation that restricts the types of benefits available to injured workers. Luckily, in many situations, workers’ compensation is not the only available remedy for a workplace injury.

Deciding to pursue a third-party claim can aid the injured worker by providing additional compensation. These lawsuits should be filed alongside a workers’ compensation claim. In cases involving serious injuries, a third-party lawsuit can result in greater monetary damages than the benefits that would be received from the workers’ compensation system. An injured employee may be entitled to recover the following from a third-party:

  • Past, future, and ongoing medical expenses
  • Loss earnings
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

These damages would not be covered by most workers’ compensation claims.

Workers’ Compensation

Employees who have been injured on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation. The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) in California oversees the administration of workers compensation claims and provides legal services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection to claims involving workers’ compensation benefits.

Receiving benefit through worker’s compensation is to give an injured worker financial assistance for:

  • Medical treatment needed to recover from a work-related injury or illness
  • Replace wages lost while recovering (generally, only partial wages)
  • Helping an injured employee return to work.

Workers’ compensation benefits will never include compensation for pain and suffering or punitive damages. To receive compensation for pain and suffering or punitive damages you will need to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.

Contacting an On-the-Job Accident Attorney

Our legal team at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry, & Katz welcome all workplace injury and illness claims. We have experience handling all workplace accident claims, from back injuries and accidents in the workplace due to repetitive motion injuries, mental stress claims, and side effects of work injuries.

We encourage you to reach out to our Palmdale on the job accident attorneys as early as you can in the process. We can still represent your claim if it is denied or delayed. It is important to have proper representation by your side after a workplace accident.

For a free consultation with our Palmdale on-the-job accident attorneys, call 818-812-5639 or 800-747-3447 or contact us online. Our staff is bilingual, and we can arrange interpreters for other languages. You pay no fees unless we win your case.