Worker’s Compensation Laws in California
Workers’ compensation laws afford you several basics when you are injured. Those basic things that you are entitled to are medical treatment and temporary disability benefits, which is some income while you are unable to work. Then, once you have been released from your doctor, you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits, which is to compensate you for whatever residual disability you would have as a result of your injury. Those are the things that you are entitled to through workers’ compensation, and there are laws that are in place to enforce and implement those benefits.
Importance of Reporting an Injury or Illness
The Law Offices of Anthony Choe always pursue workers’ compensation claims, even if an injury was not reported right away. Workers Comp Attorney Choe considers whether or not the injury progressed in a logical manner. Sometimes, the claimant did not tell anybody about being ill, did not go to a doctor, and did not report it to a doctor. There is no medical documentation. Some clients might be injured. They might not be feeling well. They do not always tell someone about it because maybe it is a Friday and they are going to go home for the weekend to relax and hopefully feel better by Monday. With other injuries, the way that the pain manifests itself is that you may feel fine in the morning, but after a long day of work, you start to feel sore again.
Therefore, you do not report things immediately. You do not necessarily request medical treatment right away. However, that does not mean that you were not injured. Even if an injury was not reported immediately, Mr. Choe will still handle those cases. He may even settle those cases for the maximum value of the case as if it was an injury that was reported right away. That should not hinder anyone from filing a claim at all.
Having a Claim Denied is Not the End
Los Angeles workers comp Attorney Choe will direct the client to the appropriate medical professionals. He starts off with developing the medical record to show that the client actually does have an injury. Whatever factual or legal issues that need to be developed in order to support your claim will be accomplished along the way.
A denied claim is not uncommon. There can be many reasons for a claim to be denied. Sometimes they are denied simply because the employee did not report it right away. Our workers comp lawyers have successfully made the argument numerous times that that does not mean they did not have an injury.
There is a process of developing the medical records to prove that injured workers actually have suffered an injury. Attorney Choe will assist the clients throughout that process. All along the way, he can find them the appropriate medical professionals who will provide treatment on a lien basis, which means that they will not have to pay for any of the medical treatment. Our Los Angeles Workers comp attorneys can also assist clients to receive disability benefits so that they have some income in the event that they are unable to work while they are receiving their treatment.
Unable to Return to Work After an Injury?
In the event that an employee is unable to return to work after an injury, the law provides for a retraining program in the form of a voucher. It is called a supplemental job displacement voucher, and it is basically exactly what it sounds like. It is for injured workers who have been displaced from their job and unable to go back to their normal job. The voucher allows them to go to any qualified learning institution, including trade schools, community colleges, universities, vocational schools. This give a person the opportunity to pursue a new career in a job that is within their new work restrictions.
No Worker’s Compensation Insurance?
Often, there are situations where an employer thinks that an injured worker is an independent contractor, but a legal analysis proves that they are actually an employee. Those are cases that are handled by Attorney Choe as well, but are a little more complicated. Our Los Angeles lawyers have experience in this area with everything from negotiating and dealing directly with the employer and settling with the employer, to even joining the Uninsured Employers Benefit Trust Fund, which is a special trust fund created specifically for injured workers who were injured while working for an uninsured employer. So, there are options for injured workers even when there is no insurance.
Contact Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorneys
Mr. Choe can get the procedure started for you. He can walk you through the process. Many times people come to him not knowing where to start. They think that because their case was denied, they have no other options. This is definitely not the case.
Once you contact him and retain him, Mr. Choe will contact the insurance company to get the ball rolling. One of the first things he will do is sit you down and advise you exactly what to expect, some timelines depending on how far along you are in your case. He will give you an idea of what is going to happen next.
Another thing that Mr. Choe does, which he feels is unique to his firm, is that he will work with you. He will make sure that you are comfortable with the process all along the way, that you are comfortable with what is going on, that you are comfortable with the doctors that you are seeing, and that you are comfortable with the treatment that you are receiving. This is something that sets the Law Offices of Anthony Choe apart from other attorneys or law firms.