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Workers’ Compensation

The last thing that any worker expects to happen is that they will sustain an injury on the job. However, accidents do occur quite regularly in and around the Los Angeles area. No industry is immune to injury risks for their workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 2.8 million total non-fatal workplace injuries or illnesses reported during the latest year of data available. Some of the most common injuries that the attorneys at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz help victims with include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Internal organ damage
  • Lacerations or puncture wounds
  • Amputation injuries
  • Severe strains or sprains
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Occupational cancers
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Emotional or psychological injuries

Our Los Angeles workers’ compensation team also has extensive experience helping workers who have sustained various repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Other repetitive stress injuries include those to the hands, back, knees, and neck. We also recognize that not all workplace injuries are traumatic. Many are internal illnesses caused by job-related stressors. That is why we take workplace injury cases related to fibromyalgia, heart-related stress claims, and other physiological illnesses.

Our Los Angeles workers compensation attorneys understand that workers are often denied benefits for valid claims. Our goal is to investigate our clients’ work injury incidents in order to secure maximum compensation for their injuries. We regularly help clients recover the following:

  • Medical benefits: We work to ensure that every injured client receives the necessary medical care to treat their injuries within the confines of the workers’ compensation laws.
  • Temporary disability benefits: It is vital that injured employees receive benefits if they are unable to work due to their injuries and at the correct rate prescribed by law.
  • Permanent disability benefits: If a worker sustains an injury that causes a permanent disability, they deserve to be compensated for the full amount as allowed by law for their injury.
  • Social Security Disability benefits: If a disabling work injury lasts or will last more than 12 months, our attorneys will work to obtain benefits through your SSD claim.

*The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged this country, and has raised many questions regarding workers’ compensation in Los Angeles. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, we are aware of the evolving laws and regulations regarding California workers’ representation claims and the coronavirus, and we are ready to help ensure you get the coverage you deserve.

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability (SSD) is designed to provide monthly income to those who sustain an injury severe enough to keep them from working for 12 or more months. Anyone with a qualifying physical or mental impairment should be able to receive SSD benefits. Unfortunately, the vast majority of those seeking SSD benefits are turned down after their initial application. However, there is an appeals process for SSD, and the team at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz is ready to help.

Our Los Angeles Social Security Disability benefits attorneys have helped hundreds of clients across Southern California received their rightful SSD benefits. We have extensive experience helping those with all types of physical and mental disability claims, including the following:

  • Herniated disk and other back and neck injuries
  • Orthopedic injuries (broken bones)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Arthritis and inflammatory diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Lung ailments
  • Liver failure and kidney disease
  • Complications of diabetes
  • Various types of cancer
  • Depression and bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders and panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Our lawyers are familiar with the medical jargon and technical criteria necessary to obtain benefits for these claims. We assist clients in every stage of their claim in the appeals process, including resubmitting claims to the SSA for reconsideration, preparing cases to be heard in front of an administrative law judge, and appealing cases to the Appeals Council.