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Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Without help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, disabled employees are frequently denied valuable benefits. At the Law Office of Steven Dewberry, we guide our clients through the confusing process of filing a workers’ comp insurance claim, building their evidence, and resolving their disputes in a fair and reasonable way. For more information about our approach to California workers’ compensation law, continue reading.

What Benefits Are Available to Injured Workers?

workers' compensation attorneyAfter a work-related injury or occupational illness, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, including the following:

  • Payment of your reasonable and necessary medical treatment, including surgeries, hospitalizations, medication, and physical therapy
  • Payment for assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs, and prosthetics
  • Temporary disability payments
  • Compensation for your permanent disabilities
  • Lump sum compensation options
  • Mileage payments for travel to and from medical appointments

Your personal eligibility for benefits will depend on the severity of your injuries, your ability to return to work, and your past earnings, as well as other factors.  If you need help calculating your benefits — or believe the insurance company is underpaying you — you should immediately contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. We can help you compute both your benefit rates and eligibility for specific California workers’ comp benefits.

Who Is Eligible for California Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Employees who suffer occupational injuries or diseases are eligible for California workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, many dishonest employers try to misclassify their employees as independent contractors. Do not assume that you’re ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits simply because your boss says you’re an independent contractor or you received a 1099 tax form. In fact, most California workers are eligible for workers’ compensation!

Instead, consult with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney. Your lawyer will evaluate your circumstances, apply California’s laws, and determine your eligibility for workers’ comp benefits. Your employer might also face criminal charges and penalties if it intentionally misclassified employees in an attempt to evade its workers’ compensation obligations.

Common Types of Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ compensation claims can involve numerous different injuries and conditions. While every claim is unique, there are some common issues in California workers’ compensation claims. They include:

  • Allergic reactions to chemicals and other irritants
  • Amputation or loss of a limb or body part
  • Back and spine injuries, including degenerative disc disease
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Cardiovascular injuries, including heart attacks and strokes
  • Depression and anxiety (under certain circumstances)
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Joint-related injuries involving shoulders, knees, ankles, wrists, and elbows
  • Lung and respiratory injuries, due to exposure to dust, chemicals, and other irritants
  • Nerve injuries, such as neuropathy
  • Occupational illnesses, including certain cancers
  • Osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease
  • Repetitive use injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Torn ligaments, tendons, and muscles (sprains and strains)
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Soft tissue issues, such as burns and lacerations
  • Workplace deaths

If you need help determining whether an injury or illness qualifies for benefits, contact a workers’ compensation immediately. A lawyer can help you interpret your facts and medical evidence, as well as understand your legal rights.

Have You Been Injured? Know Your Rights.

The Insurance Company Denied My Workers’ Comp Claim. Now What?

Insurance companies frequently deny legitimate workers’ compensation claims. It’s important to understand, however, that you have appeal rights. However, filing a workers’ compensation appeal isn’t a simple process. If you’ve been denied, contact a workers’ compensation attorney immediately. A lawyer can help you meet California’s strict appeal deadlines, in addition to preparing your claim for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB).

Presenting a claim to the WCAB requires detailed evidence and legal analysis. You’ll also need to negotiate with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. Because this is a complicated process, most injured workers decide to work with a workers’ compensation lawyer.

Do I Really Need a California Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

california workers' compensation attorneyAfter a serious work injury, your primary focus should be both your physical and emotional recovery. At the Law Office of Steven Dewberry, we don’t believe it’s in your best interest to try to handle all of the nuances of your workers’ compensation claim while balancing doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and your other appointments. It’s just too easy to make mistakes that can cost you important benefits as well as compensation.

Today, workers’ compensation claims require a detailed medicine, legal, and vocational analysis. When you work with a skilled workers’ compensation attorney, your lawyer will deal with the insurance company, court dates, and legal filings. He or she will also guide you through the entire claim process, educate you about your rights, and help you calculate your claim’s reasonable settlement value.

Schedule an Appointment With an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you’re ready to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, contact Steven Dewberry for a free and confidential evaluation. Initial consultations are always free, and you’ll never pay an attorney’s fee unless we help you receive your workers’ compensation benefits or a settlement.

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