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Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Work-Related Accidents, Injuries & Medical Conditions

Every day, workers across all industries face a variety of risks on the job. At KJT Law Group, we believe that no one should have to fear being injured at work or falling ill due to working conditions—but we also recognize that these things happen all the time. When they do, injured California workers are often entitled to workers’ compensation to help offset the costs associated with medical care, lost wages, and other hardships, and our team is here to help. Our Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorneys can assist you with every aspect of your claim, from the initial filing to appealing a denied claim or early termination of your benefits. We have extensive experience in California workers’ compensation law and have successfully helped countless employees recover the rightful benefits they were owed. Whether you need help finding the right medical care, recovering lost income, or seeking long-term disability benefits, our firm is ready to fight for you.
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Who Is Entitled to Workers’ Compensation in California?

In California, nearly all employers are required by law to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of the number of employees they have. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system that allows injured employees to recover monetary benefits without having to prove that someone else was at fault for their work-related injuries or medical conditions. In exchange, these employees are barred from suing their employers for damages (in most cases). Workers’ compensation covers all work-related injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions. If you are injured in a workplace accident or suffer an injury, illness, or medical condition related to your employment, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This includes catastrophic injuries arising from traumatic on-the-job accidents, as well as cumulative trauma, repetitive motion injuries, overexertion and overuse injuries, and occupational diseases caused by working conditions, such as cancer, asbestosis, and more.

If you are a covered employee and can prove that your injuries or medical condition is somehow related to your employment, you can file a workers’ compensation claim. This is true whether you work part-time, full-time, or seasonally.

What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Available?

The California workers’ compensation system provides specific benefits to eligible employees. These include:

Medical Expenses:

Workers’ compensation pays for all “reasonable and necessary” medical treatment and related expenses. You must be treated by a doctor within your employer’s Medical Provider Network (MPN) and will receive standardized care according to set medical guidelines. However, you will not be responsible for any expenses related to this care, including co-pays, medication costs, and transportation to and from medical appointments.

Temporary Disability:

Workers’ compensation also pays temporary disability benefits while you are unable to return to work due to your injury or condition. Temporary disability is available when your doctor determines that you cannot work due to your injury, and your employer does not offer suitable light-duty or modified work. You are entitled to temporary disability benefits until you return to work, are cleared to return to work, or your condition stabilizes and you become eligible for permanent disability benefits or a period of no more than 104 weeks within five years from the date of your injury.

Permanent Disability:

Permanent disability benefits are available when your work-related injury or condition results in lasting impairments that prevent you from returning to work at full capacity or at all. Your doctor will provide you with an impairment rating between 0 and 100%; if you are between 1 and 99% impaired, you can receive permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. If you are 100% impaired, you can recover permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. If you are between 70 and 99% impaired, you are entitled to receive a life pension benefit.

Job Displacement:

Some injured employees who cannot return to work are entitled to receive job displacement benefits. These benefits are paid in the form of a supplemental job displacement voucher, which can be used to offset certain costs associated with job retraining, such as educational and training course fees, licensing costs, resume and/or job placement services, job-related tools, and computer equipment. You can only receive job displacement benefits if your employer does not offer alternative, modified, or regular work that pays at least 85% of your prior salary, lasts at least one year (12 months), and which is within a reasonable distance from your home.

Compensation for Workplace Accidents in California

  • Medical treatments: diagnostics, testing, physical therapy, surgery, rehab
  • Temporary disability benefits
  • Permanent disability benefits
  • State of California’s Return-to-Work Fund Supplement payment
  • Retraining benefits

Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases

  • Medical treatment only
  • Medical treatment with lost time from work
  • Medical treatment and injuries that prevent you from returning to their job
  • Medical treatment and injuries that prevent you from returning to any type of work
California also pays workers’ compensation death benefits when an employee dies due to a work-related injury, illness, or medical condition. These benefits are paid to eligible dependents (partial or total), including the deceased employee’s spouse. The California workers’ compensation system also provides compensation for funeral/burial costs up to a certain amount when an individual dies in a workplace accident or as a result of a work-related injury or illness. To learn more about workers’ compensation benefits in California, including which benefits you may be entitled to receive, contact KJT Law Group for a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles workers’ comp attorneys. No matter how complex or challenging your case may be, our team is here to fight for you. We are passionate about standing up for ordinary individuals and employees—we never represent employers or insurance companies in workers’ compensation cases.

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