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Workers’ Compensation

Construction WorkerWorkers compensation is a type of insurance program that provides medical treatment and financial compensation for individuals who have sustained serious injuries while engaged in activities directly related to their employment, and the workers compensation lawyers Los Angeles trusts most stand ready to assist clients across Southern California in pursuing their claims.

At Ellis Law, we have the knowledge and expertise necessary to guide you through each step of the worker’s compensation process and help get you back on the road to recovery.

Differing from conventional social insurance frameworks, worker’s compensation is not administered by the government, but rather by insurance companies through which employers secure liability coverage. The purpose of benefits under such programs is to provide the resources necessary to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation and a percentage of the wages lost as a result of a workplace injury. Workers compensation is not designed to provide compensation for physical pain or emotional suffering.

Los Angeles worker’s compensation lawyers

When disputes develop between injured claimants and insurance plan administrators, it sometimes becomes necessary to involve a skilled workers compensation attorney who can help facilitate a satisfactory outcome. If you or someone you love has encountered difficulty in obtaining the workers compensation benefits to which they are entitled and filing a worker’s compensation lawsuit is under serious consideration, Ellis Law is ready to help.

California workers compensation law

Workers compensation benefits in California date back to the early part of the 20th century and have provided countless victims of workplace injuries with the financial resources necessary to facilitate optimal recovery and an eventual return to the job. While each workers compensation claim is unique, all are subject to evidentiary requirements that must be met in order for medical treatment to be provided.

The complexity and variety of injuries that can constitute a valid workers compensation claim make assembling the necessary proof and documentation a challenging proposition. In addition, recent changes to California’s compensation system resulting from Governor Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 863 have produced new regulations that must be followed in order to secure proper compensation.

For all of these reasons, anyone in Southern California pursuing a workers compensation claim stands to benefit from the expertise of Ellis Law attorneys. Let our extensive background in advocating on behalf of injured workers throughout the state work for you.

Facts about common work-related injuries

Because workers compensation claims encompass virtually any type of injury incurred during an individual’s course of employment, the array of potential complaints is quite broad.

Common categories of workplace injuries include:

  • Long-term injuries
  • Single-occurrence events
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Disease or sickness due to exposure
  • Aggravation of preexisting condition

Many injuries that give rise to workers comp claims happen on construction sites, and can encompass events such as:

  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Scaffolding and ladder falls
  • Harm done by falling objects
  • Falls near excavation sites

While it is certainly true that construction accidents yield a large number of workers compensation claims in California each year, occupations of all descriptions can also produce the sort of injuries that necessitate pursuit of compensation through the system.

Some other common workplace injuries include:

  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Overexertion injuries
  • Trip and fall accidents
  • Vehicular injuries
  • Injury due to faulty electrical equipment
  • Reactions to chemical exposure

Because such injuries can include concussions, burns, electrocution, back and spine trauma, amputation, vision or hearing loss, mental strain and even death, it is important for victims to get every bit of compensation possible in order to stand the best chance of eventually resuming a normal life and a productive career.

However, without the assistance of a knowledgeable workers compensation attorney from Ellis Law, securing those resources can sometimes prove difficult. Our ability to assemble medical documentation and launch any necessary appeals is what sets us apart from the competition.

Benefits available under California workers compensation law

Ideally, workers injured on the job who receive payment through the workers compensation system will be able to undergo treatment and rehabilitation and eventually return to work. However, because eligible injuries run the gamut from fairly mild to extremely severe, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all payment process.

Detailed analysis of each worker’s injuries is necessary in order to determine an appropriate level of benefits. In California, it is possible for claimants to be awarded compensation for:

  • Paid medical treatment
  • Temporary disability payments
  • Permanent disability disbursements
  • Lump sum options
  • Death benefits for surviving dependents

Because disputes often arise concerning the seriousness and/or permanence of workplace injuries sustained by workers compensation claimants, it is absolutely essential for victims to avail themselves of the resources, insight and successful track record the Ellis Law firm offers each and every client. Attempting to go it alone in the face of a disputed or denied workers compensation claim can greatly hinder your recovery. For the past two decades we have safeguarded the rights of the injured, and we are eager to put our unrivaled passion and dedication to work on your behalf.

Workers compensation help in Los Angeles

Anyone who has dealt with the workers compensation system in California knows that the process is complex and can be fraught with inefficiencies. A few missteps along the way can greatly jeopardize a claimant’s chances of receiving comprehensive coverage for their injuries.

If you plan to seek workers compensation payments for harm sustained on the job, you will need to:

  • Provide written notification of the injury to your employer
  • Formally file your workers compensation claim
  • Cooperate with the insurance carrier’s investigation and validation of your claim
  • Seek ongoing medical opinions about prospects for additional improvement in your condition
  • File an appeal if you receive a denial

None of the above steps are simple, particularly for individuals who are in the throes of the anxiety, pain and uncertainty a serious workplace injury can cause. The overwhelming fear you may be feeling about your future ability to provide for your family’s needs is enough to cause anyone to despair.

Fortunately, the attorneys at Ellis Law have successfully guided clients through this often unsettling process for the better part of 20 years. We urge you to give us a call at 1-800-INJURED to schedule your free consultation and to see what we can do to help secure the outcome you and your loved ones deserve.

  1. State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Senate Bill 863, http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/SB863/SB863.htm 
  2. State of California Department of Industrial Relations, I was injured at work, http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/InjuredWorker.htm