Orange County Workers Compensation Lawyer
When you get injured on the job, we understand that your life doesn’t come to a sudden stop. You still have to pay your bills, support your family, and take care of your household – even if you are unable to work or perform your regular job duties as a result of a work- related injury.
While certain industries, such as construction, firefighting, and law enforcement, are inherently more dangerous than others, we recognize there are risks associated with any job that can unfortunately result in serious injuries.
At Aoudi Law, our experienced workers compensation lawyers understand the financial and emotional challenges injured workers and their families face after a serious work-related accident. It is our personal mission to provide you with experienced, transparent, and thoughtful representation to ensure that you get you the right care, benefits, and compensation available to you under the law.
We are committed to helping you, continue your financial livelihood and maintain your daily living obligations. Our experienced and caring team helps employees throughout Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and the rest of Southern California.
Common Types of Work-Related Injuries
Millions of workers risk their lives every day for the good of the American economy. Which is exactly why the law requires employers to have Worker’s Compensation Insurance. California, like all other states, has enacted certain workers’ compensation laws to protect the legal rights of workers injured on the job. Under this system, an injured worker receives (limited) benefits regardless of fault.
All workers face some type of hazard in every line of work, whether it’s broken tiles in the office, a faulty scaffold at a construction site, or other not so obvious risks from repetitive motions that can cause or contribute to an injury.
Some common types of work related injuries include:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Faulty machinery
- Entanglement in machinery
- Falling from heights
- Hit by falling objects
- Muscle strains/overexertion injuries
- Injuries from repetitive motions
- Vehicle crashes and collisions
- Toxic substance or chemical exposure
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Hearing loss from exposure to loud noises
- Fights or assaults at workplace
- Attacks by animals
- Wrongful death at work
It is important to note that in situations where the work-related injury was caused by the negligence of a third-party, the injured worker may also be entitled to seek compensation through the civil court system with personal injury cases. The personal injury claim would be in addition to benefits under the workers compensation system. Our Orange County law firm will investigate the facts of your claim to determine all possible outlets for financial recovery.
The Guidance You Need To Successfully File a Workers’ Comp Claim
At Aoudi Law, we understand that filing a workers compensation claim, getting medical care, and appealing denied claims can be a confusing and frustrating process. Our dedicated and caring team is here for you throughout this process. While it is in your best interest to obtain legal representation as soon as you are aware of a work-related injury, our team will diligently work with you to understand all the facts of your claim, and guide you accordingly, no matter what stage your claim is in. We will work with you from the beginning of your claim of injury or will help you after your claim has been denied. We assist injured workers with important issues, including:
- What should I do after being injured on the job?
- Do I need a lawyer to help me file a workers’ comp claim?
- What do I do if I’m not receiving my workers’ compensation benefits?
- How do I get the quality medical help I need to recover from my work-related injuries?
When you are injured at work and need guidance, you can trust our firm to provide you with the sound legal advice necessary to protect your legal rights and guide you through your claim of injury. We zealously represent our clients with the goal of ensuring you receive the medical treatment, benefits and care that you deserve. Our clients are like family to us, and we do our personal and professional best to ensure you are well taken care of throughout your claim.
Workers Compensation Benefits
Depending on the specific facts of your work-related injury claim, you may be entitled to different types of compensation. Below is the breakdown of benefits to which injured workers are entitled under California’s workers compensation program:
- Total costs of medical care and treatment related to the injury
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent disability benefits
- Supplemental job displacement benefits
- Death benefits
Why You Need to Hire a Workers Compensation Attorney
The benefit of getting an attorney in a workers compensation claim is that you have someone on your side guiding you in navigating the complicated workers compensation system. An attorney will get you the proper medical treatment without delay, hold the employer accountable for your work-related injury, and negotiate the best possible outcome for you.
Without an attorney representing you, you’re up against an insurance company who deals with the complex worker’s compensation system daily. As a result, you lower your chances of getting what you are entitled to in terms of medical treatment, benefits and the right settlement for your case.
You wouldn’t take a thousand-mile trip without a map of what the road looks like, so why would you do that with your workers’ compensation claim? Get an attorney on your side who is equipped with the knowledge needed to ensure the best outcome for your particular claim.
Our Accomplished Southern California Compensation Lawyers Are Here to Help You
The California workers compensation system is complicated to navigate and can be overwhelming for the unwary. At Aoudi Law, our experienced workers compensation attorneys have the experience to guide you through the process and help you successfully file and resolve your claim of injury. We will protect your rights when your employer or your employer’s insurance company tries to intimidate you into settling a workers’ comp claim prematurely.
Our legal team knows the law and has the experience, knowledge and passion to successfully handle your workers’ compensation claim to get you the maximum benefits that you deserve. At our boutique firm, our clients appreciate the personalized attention, care and prompt communication that our entire legal team provides.
Frequently Asked Questions
While consulting with an experienced workers compensation attorney is always best, below are answers to some frequently asked questions that arise in workers compensation claims:
What is workers compensation insurance?
Workers compensation insurance is an often-mandatory type of insurance that is designed to provide protection to both employees and a company in the event that a worker is injured on the job.
How do you qualify for workers compensation?
Generally, there are 4 requirements to qualify you for workers comp benefits:
- You must be an employee at the place of employment. The definition of “employee” is broad, and covers multiple working relationships.
- Your employer must have workers compensation insurance.
- You must have suffered an injury or illness while on the job or related to your job.
- You must timely report your injury or illness and timely file your worker’s compensation claim.
What is covered under workers compensation?
Workers’ compensation benefits include payments to employees to cover their wages while they are not able to work due to work related injury or illness, medical care, medical mileage, and rehabilitation for job retraining when applicable.
Does workers comp pay for pain and suffering?
Unlike the personal injury system, workers compensation does not provide compensation0 for pain and suffering resulting from job-related injuries or illness.
Do I get full pay under workers comp?
California law only requires employers to pay employees who are injured while on the job a portion of their salary while they are recovering. Usually, this is two-thirds of your salary.
Can I work while receiving workers compensation benefits?
You are technically allowed to work while on workers comp. However, you are only allowed to work at the same job or get a second job if the job duties do not aggravate your injuries.
If you are treating with a doctor, it is important to follow their recommendations, as most doctors will let you know whether you can return to work with restrictions, no restrictions at all or to remain off work for specific period of time.
Can my employer force me to go back to work after an injury?
If you are still injured, your employer cannot force you to go back to work. Even after you get a Notice of Ability to Return to Work, you cannot be forced to go back to work if you are still injured.
Can my employer fire me for getting hurt on the job?
Under Section 132a of the California Workers’ Compensation Code, it is illegal for an employer to fire or threaten to fire an employee because of a work-related injury or if that employee files or plans to file a workers’ comp claim. This means that your employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
However, your employer may fire you for any other reason and that reason cannot be related to your filing of a workers’ compensation claim. If this is the case, your employer must be able to show that they had other reasons for firing you that were unrelated to the filing of your workers’ compensation claim.
Our Team Is Here For You
When you have suffered a work-related injury, your recovery and healing are the only things you should have to focus on. Leave the rest on us.
We take great pride in helping you navigate through this difficult time, and in ensuring you receive the care, treatment, and benefits you are entitled to under the law.
If you or a loved one has been injured on-the-job or have developed a serious health condition that may be related to work conditions, you need to immediately hire an experienced Orange County workers compensation attorney to protect your legal rights and help you get the full benefits to which you are entitled.
Take the first step in protecting your rights by calling the legal team at Aoudi Law for a free consultation. Contact us online or call us at 714-386-9874.
For your convenience, you can now also text us at 714-386-9874, and we will get back to you within 24 hours of your inquiry.