Nobody wants to get injured at work. However, work injuries are common, and all workers should be able to count on the compensation they deserve. Unfortunately, there are times when injured workers struggle to get the compensation they need. When this happens, you need to secure a San Bernardino workers’ compensation attorney. The qualified and experienced team at JML Law is ready to take your case and ensure you are treated fairly.
Are work injuries common?
Work injuries are common in the US. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that there were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal injuries or illnesses during the latest reporting year. While most of those were relatively minor, nearly all of them required some sort of workers’ compensation claim for medical expenses or lost income. Some of those injuries were major and required extensive workers’ compensation coverage.
How long do I have to file a claim?
You need to seek medical attention and report any workplace injury or illness to your employer as soon as possible. Generally, you have 30 days from the time the injury occurred to report the incident. However, there are varying ways of defining this 30-day period, particularly for repetitive stress injuries and long-term exposure incident.
What happens if I am denied a workers’ comp claim?
Workers’ compensation claims are generally considered no-fault, meaning that you should be given coverage regardless of who caused your injury. In most cases, a claim will not be denied.
There are various reasons a person could be denied a claim by their employer or the insurance carrier. This could include missed deadlines, gross negligence on your part, or if the incident did not happen while performing work duties.
Can my employer retaliate against me for making a claim?
California law (Labor Code, § 132a.) prevents employers from retaliating against a worker for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Retaliation can include:
- Firing the employee
- Reassigning the employee
- Demoting an employee
- Cutting an employee’s salary
- Making the employee perform duties a doctor has prohibited
- Prohibiting an employee from seeking witnesses to the accident
Nearly every employer in California is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Failing to do so can result in criminal charges against them.
How will an attorney be able to help my case?
If you or someone you care about has been injured at work but are having trouble getting the compensation you need, please seek legal assistance today. At JML Law, we are ready to take your case. Let our knowledgeable and experienced team get to the bottom of what caused your injury so we can secure the following:
- Coverage of medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the negligent party
If you need a San Bernardino workers’ compensation lawyer, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-610-8800 for a free consultation today.
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Every case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers. If you have been injured in a work-related accident, give us a call at 818-610-8800 or send us an email to schedule a free initial consultation. There is no risk to meet with us. We get paid only if we win your claim.