Contact Us Today for Help with Your Workers’ Compensation & Disability Claims
If you are considering applying for workers’ compensation benefits, a Santa Ana workers compensation lawyer is one of the best resources for you and your family as you navigate the often complex procedures inherent in making a claim. Whether you were injured on the job or are facing a debilitating injury preventing you from continuing in your current employment position, our competent and experienced professionals may be able to help you gather the requisite evidence, compile your application materials and submit your claim in a timely manner. In addition, our office may be able to help you if you are facing a recent denial of benefits and would like to file an appeal with the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals board.
Workers’ Compensation Assistance
Attorney Joseph E. Richards has been helping workers’ compensation clients for years, and would be honored to assist you and your family in understanding your rights under this complex area of the law. To begin, it helps to gather a clear understanding of workers’ compensation laws as they pertain to on-the job-injuries, as this can help you determine at the outset the best course of action following your injury.
In California, workers’ compensation is governed by the Department of Industrial Relations, which is a division of the Department of Labor. Compensation is available for a one-time, isolated incident or, (in some cases, an injury or illness occurring due to repeated exposure. The benefits available to a successful applicant may include:
- Resonably necessary medical care to treat your injuries, including surgery, medication, rehabilitation or travel costs;
- Temporary disability benefits;
- Permanent disability benefits;
- Supplemental job displacement benefits voucher for skill enhancement; and/or
- Death benefits.
If you have already made a claim under applicable workers’ compensation laws and were denied, we encourage you to speak with a Santa Ana workers’ compensation attorney right away as an appeal may be possible.
Personal Injury Actions
In some cases, a workers’ compensation claim is not the appropriate course of action in order to recover fair and adequate compensation for an injury. If your injury occurred outside the workplace, or you are not covered by workers’ compensation laws, a personal injury lawsuit may be the answer to your situation. Injury cases that may be appropriate for a private personal injury action may include:
- Slip and fall (premises liability);
- Injuries from consumer goods (product liability);
- Motor vehicle, truck, bicycle or motorcycle accidents;
- Assault or battery;
- Medical malpractice; or
- Animal attack.
In general, injuries falling outside of the jurisdiction of the California Labor Code and Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board may be eligible for resolution through a private lawsuit; your personal injury attorney can help you better understand your options moving forward.
Much like a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury action is designed to help plaintiffs receive fair and adequate compensation for money spent and/or losses suffered as a result of the injury. For instance, if you were required to undergo extensive medical treatment to address your injuries causing you to miss time from work, your attorney will ask for reimbursement not only for your medical bills but your lost wages as well. If your injury was particularly emotional and tumultuous, you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering as well.
Contact a Reputable Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Santa Ana Today
Attorney Joseph E. Richards is a Santa Ana personal injury lawyer with extensive experience counseling injury victims and their families. For help with your case, general advice about workers’ compensation laws or to file an appeal, please contact the Law Office of Joseph E. Richards at 714-361-4184.