Updated: Nov 28, 2020
Filing for workers compensation in Los Angeles isn't easy, you should consult with pre-screened lawyers.
You could be entitled to employee health payments if you are an employee who has sustained a work-related accident or illness. Unfortunately, even though they are valid, employers or their insurance providers routinely reject workers' comp claims, leaving injured employees to face a complex system of appeals. Many applicants simply give up at that point, while others try their best to manage the system independently. If you're injured on the job, you should immediately contact a California Bar Certified Worker's Compensation Lawyer Referral Service to have your claim reviewed FREE of charge.
Hiring a workers compensation attorney in Los Angeles
Hiring a dedicated benefits workers' compensation attorney for employers would give you a much better chance of having the advantages you deserve. An attorney will consult on your behalf with the workers' comp insurer, obtain medical documentation that supports your allegation, negotiate a good settlement, and represent you at the comp hearing of the employees.
The claims adjusters and lawyers working for the insurance firm do not look out for you, and, for dubious motives, they would not hesitate to deny your bona fide claim. Fortunately, a professional and competent workers' comp attorney may do many things to tip the scales in your favor. It's important that you get a referral to a pre-screened, reputable and experienced workers' compensation attorney from a California Bar certified referral service.
Developing Medical, Vocational, and Other Evidence
Perhaps the most common explanation of why workers ' comp claims are rejected is inadequate medical evidence. Even if your application is approved, if you have good medical evidence that supports your argument, you are more likely to receive all of the medical attention you need and all of the other benefits you deserve. A lawyer may assist in the production of medical evidence by:
Organizing medical records
Organizing or suggesting counseling for some doctors
Obtaining medical advice from the doctors you treat and by an unbiased medical exam
Representing you when you've been called to appear at a deposition and answer questions, and
Conducting medical experts' depositions.
There are some other kinds of proof that might help your argument, including:
Testimony from a vocational specialist on the physical demands of your career
Statements about your everyday activities or statements from friends and family members
Proof that shows the history of inadequate workplace safety or lack of training by your employer.
Based on the case's strengths and limitations, an experienced workers' comp lawyer can understand what proof is required to increase the likelihood of a favorable result.
Settlement Deals Negotiating and Structuring Workers' Comp Claims
A workers ' comp attorney has the advantage of being able to estimate how much your case is worth when it is time to negotiate with the insurance firm of your employer to settle, i.e., the amount of compensation you can receive, depending on a variety of factors, including:
The scope of your injuries and the consequent limits of what you can do
As well as the cost of medical care you will need in the future, your past medical expenses.
If you have lasting disabilities and, if so, the degree to which you are permanently disabled.
If your employer owes you benefits and penalties for late payments for past temporary disability (wage loss) and penalties for late payments, and
Your preceding wages.
Also, workers' compensation attorneys grasp insurance firms' bargaining tricks and strategies, from low-ball deals to fake "final offers" that aren't. In a few cases, workers' compensation lawyers are more likely than claimants working alone to participate in fruitful discussions with insurers.
To prevent unintended repercussions down the road, your workers compensation attorney should also ensure that the settlement agreement is correctly written. For example, suppose you obtain or qualify for disability insurance from Social Security.
In that case, an poorly structured settlement arrangement may cost you hundreds of dollars per month in benefits due to the pay compensation of the employees. An attorney will also help you come up with a fair estimate of your potential medical costs, so these can be considered in the settlement agreement.
Although workers ' comp judges must indeed accept settlements, it would not be prudent to rely on the judge to properly protect your interests. A workers comp lawyer is invaluable in arbitration talks.
Representing you in a hearing or tribunal in a Workers' Comp
Your workers comp case proceeds to an administrative hearing or trial before a workers ' comp judge if you are unable to find a settlement. Your workers compensation attorney will take witness depositions, request your medical records, do legal analysis, write your "pleadings" (petitions, motions, and answers to the insurance company) during the "discovery" (or investigation) period, and make sure everything is submitted on time.
Your counsel will give a 'theory of the case' (why you should get benefits) to the judge at the trial, make opening and closing statements, interview witnesses, and raise concerns when the insurance provider performs anything inappropriate.
If your workers' compensation hearing results do not satisfy you, your attorney will help you appeal the ruling. Advising you on claims from third parties and other potential advantages.
You may have a personal injury claim against a third party (someone other than your employer) whose negligence caused or led to the injury, in addition to a workers' comp claim. The frequent targets of third-party suits are drivers and suppliers of defective equipment.
A claim for personal injury can be much more beneficial than a claim for employers' compensation, as benefits may include pain and suffering and loss of future earnings. Learn all on whether you will sue outside of the comp workforce.
A pre-screened workers' compensation lawyer will also advise you about your future eligibility for other benefits, including vocational rehabilitation assistance, income compensation, long-term disability insurance benefits, short-term state disability, and disability from social security.
How To Find a How A Workers Compensation Attorney in Los Angeles?
You can submit a request online 24 hours a day. Free case review within 15 minutes.
By calling the 24-hour lawyer referral hotline at 1-661-310-7999