The negative effects of being injured on the job go far further than just the pain of the injury. Obviously, when you’re hurt, it’s scary. In the moments after you’ve been hurt, you won’t know the extent of your injuries. Many on the job injuries heal in time, but the minutes directly following the injury can be especially tense. Even after you’ve been treated and some time has passed, injuries can still develop. There are some misconceptions around being hurt on the job that our experienced Los Angeles workers comp lawyer would like to clear up in this blog.
Los Angeles Workers Comp Lawyer on Injuries
A study reported by CBS News showed that someone is hurt on the job every seven seconds. To see how brief a period of time that is, just count it out. In fact, in the time you’ve been reading this blog so far, someone has probably been hurt on the job. The fact that this is so common and prevalent shows just how necessary workers comp laws and workers compensation attorneys are. With modern workplaces this dangerous, the worker has to avail themselves of the workers compensation laws that exist. This is exactly what our workers comp law firm can do: we help you to get all of the compensation you deserve within the law.
It’s OK to File for Workers Comp
That’s always a “hot topic” for us to discuss with our clients and prospective clients. When you’re injured on the job, it is your right to file for workers compensation. So many people get hurt just in the process of doing what they’re supposed to and they don’t file for workers compensation. We understand why people don’t: they’re afraid. They’re afraid that if they say that they’re hurt and file for workers comp, they’ll lose their job. That’s not the case. You can’t be fired in California for filing for workers compensation. Indeed, if you’re punished in any way, we can help you to get even more compensation as that’s completely illegal.
You Deserve to Recover
You take pride in what you do. You’re good at your job; you go there every day and do your best. It makes all the sense in the world that when you’re hurt, you want to keep going. You don’t want to let down the people who care about you, who depend on your financially by not working. By that same token, you don’t want to let down your co-workers and colleagues, too. We don’t want you to, either – which is part of why we recommend filing for workers compensation when you’re hurt. Giving yourself time to recover makes sure that you can be your best for all the important people and events in your life.
Your Body, Your Life
When you’re hurt on the job and you rush yourself back before you’re ready, you aren’t giving yourself time to recover. So many people who won’t admit they’re hurt or who brush off filing for workers compensation return to work before they’re ready. Then they go to work and quickly learn they can’t do their job as well as they could. Perhaps they can’t do their job at all anymore. That lets down the people who care about you as well as your co-workers. When you file for workers compensation, you can receive money to pay for your medical bills. Additionally, you can receive “lost wages” to make up for the money you would have made as you recover. Then, you can come back to work stronger and better than ever. That way, you can get more out of your job and more importantly, more out of your life.
We mention “family” and “the people who depend on you the most” quite often in these blogs because we’re a family practice. The firm was founded by sisters working together. So, we absolutely understand just how important family is. We know just how critical it can be to stand up for those closest to you. We saw how impersonal and frankly cold that workers compensation law could be. So, we wanted to bin loyalty, compassion and a family feel to our law firm. This way, we could ensure that all of our clients feel welcome, safe and represented by someone who really does care.
At our firm, our lawyers will be effective and aggressive advocates for you. On top of that, we also take our responsibilities as educators seriously. Workers compensation law can be complicated. There is so much that goes into it. When you contact us for a free consultation, we’ll sit down with you and go over your case. We’ll then get into what the best way to move forward is. To schedule this, give us a call at (818) 975-3080 or send us a message through our site.