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.
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.
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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Why You Should Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Although you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits by law, actually recovering those benefits is not a given. You need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney by your side who can help you navigate the process and avoid making any mistakes that could jeopardize your claim.
At KJT Law Group, we assist our clients with all aspects of workers’ compensation, including but not limited to:
- Making an initial report of the injury
- Filing workers’ compensation claims
- Gathering evidence and submitting paperwork
- Handling disputes with employers/insurance companies
- Obtaining approval for proper medical treatment
- Negotiating fair disability ratings
- Managing issues involving pre-existing conditions
- Appealing denied workers’ compensation claims
Can You Appeal a Denied Workers’ Comp Claim?
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, you are allowed to appeal the decision. Workers’ compensation claims are denied for many reasons, from disputes over coverage to missing information or failure to report the injury. If your claim was denied, it is not the end of the road.
At KJT Law Group, we help injured employees appeal denied workers’ compensation claims and seek the fair benefits they are owed. The appeals process is complex and lengthy; we strongly recommend that you work with an experienced attorney to improve your chances of a successful outcome. You will need to complete and submit various forms and paperwork, gather evidence in support of your claim, and attend a workers’ compensation appeals hearing. Our team can help you prepare your appeal and ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
Let our experienced attorneys lead the fight. No case is too small and no odds are too daunting for us to roll up our sleeves, go to work, and win for our clients.
Our Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyers are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian and offer contingency fees. This means you do not owe any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses but, instead, only pay attorney fees if/when we win your case.
At KJT Law Group, we prioritize transparency, communication, and client service and will be there to provide the personalized legal representation you need every step of the way. We draw on an extensive background in activism and social justice when fighting for the rights of our clients, and we are not afraid to try cases in court whenever necessary.
We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian. Request a free consultation today by calling us at (818) 873-0181 or by submitting an online contact form.