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Following a workplace injury, you should always consult an experienced Palmdale attorney as soon as possible, to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Your employer should offer workers’ compensation benefits, but the truth is that the insurance company behind the scheme will be more concerned with minimizing their own losses than making sure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. These providers will have expert legal teams at their disposal, each of whom will have extensive knowledge of the relevant area of California law, and the ways in which they may dispute your claim.

By choosing to hire a Palmdale workplace injury attorney from Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, you can benefit from the same outstanding legal representation, this time with your best interests at heart.

What Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Workers’ compensation 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 Palmdale attorney could secure you the benefits you are entitled to.

Workplace Injury in California – The Statistics

According to figures published by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations, a 2014 survey into occupational injuries and illness in the state revealed:

  • 460,700 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 Palmdale Workplace Injury Attorney Today

To ensure that you, and your family, receive the best possible outcome from your case, call Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz at 800-747-3447 today for a free initial consultation.