Unfortunately, unforeseen accidents or illnesses may happen at work, and not every employer does the right thing in terms of its relationship with its employees. When workers are mistreated, however, California law provides many ways for them to assert their rights. If you have been hurt in an accident or treated unfairly on the job in Orange County, the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Howard Law, P.C., are here to help you navigate the complexities of your situation.
Since our firm was founded in 2007, our slogan has always been “Mission First, People Always.” This was the motto of managing shareholder Vincent Howard’s military unit in the U.S. Army. He has since made this saying a central tenet of Howard Law, P.C. It stands as the guiding philosophy for a legal team that is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives.
All too often, companies that are involved in workers' compensation, labor and employment, and personal injury disputes attempt to shirk their responsibilities. Whether our Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys are handling a case arising from carpal tunnel syndrome or a wrongful termination claim, we are here to help you pursue appropriate remedies and maximum compensation for what you have been through. We can also handle third-party negligence claims arising from injuries that occur on the job. Whatever your legal issue, we work hard to offer you the affordable legal help that you need when you need it. We get paid when you get paid.
People who are injured as a result of an accident on the job or who develop an illness because of their work may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits in the form of temporary total disability (TTD), temporary partial disability (TPD), permanent total disability (PTD), permanent partial disability (PPD), or medical benefits. The exact benefits to which a particular injured worker may be entitled depends upon their average weekly wage at the time of the accident or illness and the percentage of permanent physical impairment assigned to the worker by their treating physician or independent medical evaluator, once they have reached a point of maximum medical improvement (MMI). This typically occurs once the injured person’s physical condition has become stable.Representation in Employment Disputes
Many clients who seek legal representation for a workers’ compensation case eventually discover that they may also be eligible to file other claims for violations of state or federal employment laws, such as the California Equal Pay Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act. We can assist clients with these and other employment law claims, such as discrimination lawsuits, sexual harassment cases, and violations of the equal employment opportunity protections afforded by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Aggressive Advocacy in Personal Injury Cases
Our firm also represents victims who have been injured in car crashes, slip and fall accidents, acts of medical malpractice or nursing home abuse, and accidents arising from other types of negligence. Under California law, victims generally must prove the four essential elements of negligence (duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages) by a preponderance of the evidence in order to be successful in their claim. Damages that are available in these cases often include medical bills, lost income, the costs of future treatment, and pain and suffering. Sometimes a person who is injured while in the course and scope of their employment may also assert a claim against a third party in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits. This may be appropriate when a worker is hurt by defective equipment or involved in a car accident on the job, among other situations.
Managing shareholder Vincent Howard participates in local, state, and national trial lawyer associations that are dedicated to protecting consumers’ rights and their access to justice. After working at the renowned plaintiffs' law firm of Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman & Skikos, where he handled high-profile mass tort litigation and pharmaceutical injury cases against major corporations like Wal-mart, Merck & Co., and Halliburton, Mr. Howard took what he learned there to start Howard Law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Howard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a military police officer from 1988 to 1992. He is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker who has also helped draft California legislation to protect consumers. To schedule a free appointment to discuss your case with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation, personal injury, or employment attorney, call Howard Law, P.C., at (800) 872-5925 or contact us online. Our Orange County workers’ compensation lawyers represent employees and other injured people throughout Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, including in Anaheim, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Riverside, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, and Fontana.