“Injuries at work” is a phrase that encompasses more than people tend to realize. When you read that someone was “injured at work,” the natural inclination is to think they fell down a flight of stairs, or there was some kind of mishap with machinery. However, there are many different kinds of at work injuries. Some occur over time. These are often referred to as “repetitive stress” injuries. Another kind of injury that occurs more often than people think is a “psychiatric injury.” In this blog, a workers compensation lawyer in Los Angeles from the ODG Law Group will explain these injuries and others. Of course, no matter what kind of injury you suffer, our attorneys can help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Workers Compensation Lawyer in Los Angeles on Psychiatric Injuries
As you might imagine, proving these kinds of injuries isn’t easy. It requires an entirely different kind of process than other workplace injuries. After all, if you slip and fall down the stairs, that’s pretty clear-cut. The stairs were at work, you were doing your job, and you fell down the stairs. Sure, there might be some kind of investigation to see if you’d had a prior injury or something similar to any part of the body that got injured, but you definitely fell down the stairs. For these kinds of injuries, the worker has to prove that these injuries were “more likely than not” caused by the work environment itself. That means that they can’t have been caused by some kind of stress outside of work (family, etc).
Psychiatric Injury Proof
To get this compensation, you have to have worked for the company for at least six months. On top of that, you must have been diagnosed with a mental condition which causes the disability. In addition to that, this diagnosis must show that medical treatment is necessary. Even further, you have to show that the injuries weren’t caused by non-discriminatory, “good faith” decision. An example of this would be if you claimed that you had a psychiatric injury from your boss criticizing you for performing your job poorly and you actually had a poor work performance. These claims aren’t easy to make, but when they’re appropriate, we’ve helped clients to get the compensation they deserve.
Benefits are Available
It may be hard to believe, but you can get workers compensation benefits for psychiatric injuries at work. You can receive payment for your medical payments. You can even receive temp disability payments to take time off of work. This can be exactly what it takes for you to heal, recover, and come back stronger than ever. For these kinds of injuries, time away from work can be so important. We help you to get the compensation you deserve so that you can recover completely and utterly.
Slip and Fall
As we mentioned above, slipping and falling is a common type of workplace injury. We see these all of the time. When you fall and are hurt at work, you deserve to be compensated for it. That means that you can get payment for your medical bills as you recover and so much more. The sheer amount of injuries that can result from slipping and falling is staggering: we’ve seen broken wrists, necks, back sprains, brain injuries, even cuts and scrapes that quickly got infected. No matter what kind of injury you have when you fall, we can help you to get the compensation that you deserve for everything that you’ve been through.
“Who’s at fault” really isn’t that important when it comes to workers compensation. You deserve to be compensated anyway. That’s the way the laws work in this state with many of these injuries. For example, with the slip and fall cases, many times it is the employer’s fault. So many slips and the subsequent falls are caused by some kind of safety standard being overlooked. Maybe it’s liquids on the floor, cords where they shouldn’t be, worn stair treads, holes in the ground, or any other manner of thing that should’ve been taken care of by the employer – those have all caused too many slip and falls. Even if it’s not the employer’s fault, you’re still usually entitled to recover damages.
As you can see if you’ve been reading these blogs for any length of time, workers compensation laws can be a bit complicated. It can be a lot when you’re investigating it for the first time, and especially so if you’re trying to do that when you’ve been injured. That’s where our attorneys can come in. We can take the burden of the case off of your shoulders, freeing you up to focus on your recovery. Call us at (818) 975-3080 or message us through our site to schedule a free consultation.