We Help Recover Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Workplace Injuries
The Aslanian Law Firm, P.C. is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing clients with competent, efficient and aggressive representation to achieve the most favorable results. As a workers’ compensation lawyer in Pasadena, we help injured workers with workers’ compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits.
If you suffered an injury at work, then you may be unsure of what to do next to secure necessary medical treatments and compensation for lost wages. Your employer or the employer’s insurance carrier may have even refused your workers’ compensation claim. Fortunately, we have years of experience helping people with these situations.
With years of complex litigation experience, including working for one of the largest insurance defense firms in the nation, founder Greg Aslanian set out to form a law practice aimed at providing that same level of aggressive representation that the insurance industry has utilized for years. If your employer’s insurance carrier refused your claim, then we can provide experienced and aggressive representation to help you secure the benefits you and your family deserve.
Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation in California
California companies must carry workers’ compensation insurance to be in compliance with state law. In return for offering workers’ compensation insurance, employees who suffer injuries on the job generally cannot sue their employers. Instead, workers’ compensation insurance is there to help injured or sick workers cover medical care, lost wages and medications.
Workplace accidents, injuries and illnesses can happen in almost any type of work environment, even offices. If you suffer an injury or illness, then you must go through a specific process to recover benefits from workers’ compensation insurance. For instance, you need to inform your employer that you suffered an injury or illness within a specific timeframe. There are also paperwork requirements that you and your employer must meet.
California workers’ compensation insurance, however, does not cover all types of workplace injuries. If you suffered an injury due to drug or alcohol intoxication, then you cannot recover workers’ comp benefits. The same is true for self-inflicted injuries or injuries that resulted from fighting.
Your work environment or job duties must be responsible for causing your injury or illness in order to recover workers’ compensation benefits. You may contact us if you are having trouble with the workers’ compensation process or if you have questions about your eligibility.
The Different Types of Work Injury Benefits in California
There are different types of work injury benefits in California. You may be able to recover the following types of benefits:
- Temporary disability benefits. If a physician determines that you are temporarily unfit to return to your occupation, then you may qualify for temporary disability benefits. These benefits cover two-thirds of your income while you are unable to work.
- Permanent disability benefits. If you cannot perform your job due to an injury, and your condition does not improve, then you may qualify for permanent disability benefits. How much you can recover depends on how much you would have earned if you had kept working at your former occupation.
- Medical benefits. If you suffer a job-related injury or illness, then you may be able to access medical care through your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier. These benefits cover the costs of medical appointments and necessary treatments.
- Job displacement benefits. If your injury keeps you from returning to your occupation, but you may still perform duties at another occupation, then you may qualify for job displacement benefits. These benefits cover occupational training classes for other job skills.
- Death benefits. If you lost a loved one to a work-related accident or illness, then you may qualify for death benefits. These benefits may cover burial expenses for surviving family members.
Examples of Injuries and Illnesses that May Qualify for Workers’ Compensation
Your injury or illness must somehow be related to your occupation to qualify for benefits. Common injuries and illnesses that may qualify for benefits include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (including concussions). Brain injuries, even mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions), may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Post-concussion syndrome can make it difficult to return to work. Serious brain injuries may result in permanent disabilities. Slip and fall accidents are a major cause of workplace brain injuries.
- Burn injuries. Burn injuries may keep you hospitalized or unable to return to work. Some burn injuries require intensive medical care that can last for days or weeks. Medical treatment may be necessary long after the accident. Reconstructive surgeries or physical therapy may be necessary.
- Silicosis. Construction workers may develop silicosis, a disabling lung condition. Silicosis is an occupational illness that may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Musculoskeletal injuries. Workers who lift or move heavy objects may suffer musculoskeletal injuries. These injuries may affect the neck, back or ligaments.
- Crash injuries. Car and truck accidents are a major reason why people file workers’ compensation claims. Broken bones, infections, burns and brain injuries may occur during a collision.
- PTSD. First responders may recover workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
- Stress Claims. If a worker is facing harassment on the job, or is suffering from stress or psychological issues due to their workplace there may be workers compensation benefits available.
Contact Our a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Pasadena
With valuable insider knowledge and experience of insurance company legal tactics, The Aslanian Law Firm, PC can provide high-quality representation.
Do you have questions about whether you can recover benefits for your injury or illness? Give us a call and we can explain your possible options for benefits during a free consultation. To schedule a free consultation with our Pasadena workers’ compensation attorney, call (626) 345-7210 or use the contact form on our site.