Workers’ Compensation Generally
Ideally, an employee would be able to go to work, perform their tasks in a safe and efficient manner, and go home at the end of an uneventful day. Unfortunately, this is not always how things work in the real world. Job-related injuries and illnesses may happen suddenly or develop gradually over time, leaving an employee unable to work and in need of medical attention. If you have been injured on the job or have developed a work-related illness, the Orange County workers’ compensation lawyers at Howard Law can help you assert your right to medical care, disability payments, and other benefits under California workers’ compensation laws. Serving Southern California since 2007, we provide comprehensive representation that includes bringing third-party claims against parties that were responsible for a workplace accident as well. Our guiding philosophy of “Mission First, People Always” combines our commitment to the cause of advocating for injured people with the personal attention that we provide to each person who comes to us for help.Guidance in Workers’ Compensation Claims
A workers’ compensation case may arise from a single incident at work, such as a fall, or it may be a result of a gradual sequence of events, such as carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive motion. Loss of hearing and illnesses such as mesothelioma may also lead to a workers’ compensation claim. Regardless of how the accident or illness arose, an injured worker has certain legal rights. They must report the injury to the employer in a timely fashion, preferably in writing, and follow certain rules and regulations concerning medical care.
Temporary total disability (TTD) payments are available to workers who are temporarily unable to perform their usual job, due to an accident or illness at work. Generally, an injured worker is entitled to TTD benefits in the amount of two-thirds of their regular gross wages. The State of California sets a minimum and maximum payment for TTD benefits, and these amounts are adjusted annually for inflation. Temporary partial disability (TPD) payments serve to partially supplement the wages of a worker who is able to perform some work but is unable to earn the same wages as before the injury or illness.
Additional benefits in the form of permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) payments may be available to workers who suffer some degree of permanent physical impairment as a result of an on-the-job injury or illness. The exact amount of these payments depends on several factors, including the impairment rating assigned to the worker by their primary treating physician or qualified medical evaluator. Usually, a worker’s entitlement to PTD or PPD will not be determined until they have reached a point of maximum medical improvement (MMI). Under California law, a worker reaches MMI when their medical condition is no longer improving. This is sometimes known as “permanent and stationary.”Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Orange County
The dedicated Orange County workers’ compensation attorneys at Howard Law handle a wide array of claims arising from job-related injuries or illnesses, and we are here to help you explore all of your legal options if you have been hurt at work. We represent people in many Southern California cities, such as Anaheim, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Long Beach, Pomona, and Riverside. Howard Law also can assist you if you need an employment or personal injury attorney to fight for your rights. Contact us at (800) 872-5925 or online for a free consultation.