Work injuries can happen in any Orange County job. Employees who make deliveries are injured in traffic accidents. Construction workers are hurt when they fall from a building. Factory workers, machinists, and agricultural workers lose fingers and feet while using tools and machinery. Restaurant servers slip on wet surfaces and tear muscles or ligaments. Nurses hurt their backs when they try to lift patients.
Any injury that occurs while an employee is working in Orange County entitles the employee to payment of medical expenses and to temporary disability payments to replace a part of the employee’s lost income. Even when employers or their workers’ compensation insurance companies agree to pay those benefits, employees often need to seek the help of an Orange County workers’ compensation law firm to obtain a fair settlement when they suffer from a permanent work-related disability.
The Orange County workers compensation attorneys at ODG Law Group help injured employees obtain payment of medical bills and temporary disability benefits when payment is disputed. We also help injured workers receive the full amount of permanent disability benefits that they are entitled to receive, as well as other benefits provided by California Workers’ Compensation laws. And our Orange County workers comp attorney helps employees who are fired or face other forms of retaliation because they were injured or made a workers’ compensation claim.
Working in Orange County
With so many different kinds of work available in Orange County, workers are injured in a variety of ways. Orange County malls, including The Outlets at Orange, Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, and The LAB in Costa Mesa are all places where employees might fall after slipping on a wet surface or tripping over an obstacle.
The machinery in amusement and theme parks can be dangerous to employees. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Balboa Fun Zone, and Adventure City are all places where employees may sustain on-the-job injuries. Remember that fault is rarely an issue, so even if an employer accuses an employee of carelessness, the employee will usually be entitled to collect workers’ compensation.
A surprising number of injuries occur as employees are building displays or arranging exhibits. Bowers Museum, Discovery Cube Orange County, Pretend City Children’s Museum, and the International Surfing Museum are among the many museums that employee workers in Orange County. Professional athletes always risk injuries, but even employees who work in concession stands or maintenance at Angel Stadium or the Honda Center might be injured on the job.
Work-related injuries also occur in the hotels and restaurants that can be found within walking distance of Balboa Pavilion, Salt Creek Beach Park, and Doheny State Beach. Workers may also be injured while serving the tourists who visited the Santa Ana Zoo, Fullerton Arboretum, or the Richard Nixon Library. Regardless of the kind of work an employee does, workers’ compensation benefits are available when they sustain a job-related injury.
Most employees are covered by workers’ compensation if they were injured while they were working. An employee who is injured while traveling to work but has not yet started the workday will probably not be covered, but there are exceptions to that rule. Only by getting advice from a workers’ compensation lawyer who represents Orange County employees will the employee know whether benefits are available.
Some Orange County employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors. While independent contractors do not qualify for benefits provided by workers’ compensation, California law regarding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors is strict. A worker who primarily worked for one business and who had little independence in performing the job might qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, even if the business treated the worker as an independent contractor. Obtaining legal advice from a workers’ compensation law firm is essential when an injured worker might have been misclassified.
Some Orange County employers claim that their employees were not injured at work or that they were engaged in their own pursuits, rather than working, when the injury occurred. Employers often claim that workers’ compensation fraud is a huge problem in Orange County. The bigger problem is that employers and their insurance companies try to avoid paying legitimate workers’ compensation claims. An aggressive OC workers’ compensation attorney can help employees establish their entitlement to benefits.
Any physical injury that occurs while working is likely to be covered by workers’ compensation, including:
- Back injuries caused by lifting
- Repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel
- Broken bones caused by slipping and falling
- Head and brain injuries caused by falling from a height
- Soft tissue injuries sustained in a traffic accident
- Eye injuries caused by flying shards
- Amputations caused by saws and other machines
- Chemical burns
- Internal injuries caused by inhaling toxic fumes
- Occupational diseases
Job-related stress and mental anguish can be covered by workers’ compensation in some cases. For example, an employee may be entitled to compensation for stress that resulted from:
- A sudden and unexpected event at work, such as an explosion
- Racial or sexual harassment in the workplace
- A long-lasting stressful situation in the workplace that is unrelated to good-faith personnel decisions (in other words, being passed over for a promotion is not usually the kind of stress that creates an entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits, but constantly being berated by a boss might be)
Emotional distress may also be a component of a disability claim if the stress resulted from a work-related accident.
How Our Orange County Workers Compensation Lawyers Can Help
The Oktanyan Der-Grigorian Law Group is a leading workers’ compensation law firm in Southern California. We dedicate our practice to helping employees who have been injured on the job. We help injured employees make sure their medical bills get paid. We help them collect temporary disability benefits until they can return to work. And when work-related injury victims will never make a full recovery, we help them collect the permanent disability benefits they deserve.
If you’re in need, we’re here to help. Call us today for a free consultation.