Nearly every type of occupation or job carries with it some risk of injury. It could be an accident that occurs on the job, the strain that comes from repetitive motion or illnesses caused by toxic exposure to hazardous materials or chemicals. In Los Angeles, injured workers have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits from their employers regardless of who was at fault for the injury and regardless of their immigration status.
While the workers’ compensation system exists to provide a safety net for injured workers and their families, the process to get the benefits you need could be challenging and intimidating. If an injury or disability that you suffered on the job is keeping you from working, you may have a number of questions. How will you make ends meet? How will you pay mounting medical expenses? And what happens if you are never able to return to work or make a livelihood?
The Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorneys at ODG Law Group can help you not only get answers to these questions, but obtain the benefits and support you need during this challenging time in your life. Our Glendale workers comp attorneys have the knowlege and experience you need to receive a maximum recovery. Call us at 818-230-2428 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.
Why Choose ODG Law Group?
Our workers’ compensation attorneys at ODG Law Group have significant experience in handling a variety of cases successfully. We have a unique set of skills and capabilities, which provide our clients with that extra, much-needed edge throughout the process.
Quality legal representation: At ODG, you can rest assured that you will receive compassionate and competent legal representation. We pride ourselves in providing a high quality of service to all our customers. As attorneys, we practice workers’ compensation because we are driven to help people when they need it the most. We understand the roadblocks you are facing right now and we can help you.
Knowledge of medical issues: Workers’ compensation cases involve extensive medical information. Our attorneys understand how the system works and our goal in each and every case is to help our clients get the medical care they need to recover and get back to work, or to continue maintaining quality of life and receiving continuing care and treatment. We will work hard to ensure that your medical needs are met.
Comprehensive services: Whether you need us to negotiate with the insurance company or help you obtain medical treatment and benefits, our law firm is equipped for that. We can even help connect you with the right attorneys to assist you in handling your Social Security Disability claims or filing a third-party claim for personal injury or employment related claims. We are your one-stop source for all workers’ compensation-related issues.
Personal attention: We provide all our clients with the personal attention they need and deserve. We will answer your calls within a reasonable period of time and take every step necessary to ensure that you are informed about your case status in a timely manner.
Contingency fee: We take all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will owe a fee only if you recover compensation for you. We will do everything we can to accommodate your financial limitations.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured in a Los Angeles work-related incident, there are a number of steps you can take in order to protect your legal rights. Report the injury or illness to your employer and/or supervisor as soon as possible. If your injury or illness developed gradually, report it as soon as you learn or believe it was caused by your job. Promptly reporting your workplace injury helps avoid problems and delays in receiving benefits, including your medical care. California law requires workers to report their work-related injuries within 30 days. Not doing so may put your benefits at risk.
If you have been injured and need emergency treatment, call 911 right away or go to an emergency room. Tell the medical staff at the facility that your injury or illness is job-related. If you are able to safely do so, contact your employer for further instructions. If you don’t require emergency treatment, make sure you receive first aid and see a doctor anyway to rule out any injuries.
Try to preserve as much evidence as possible from the scene. This is where an attorney can really help. If, for example, a piece of equipment caused your injury, it is important to preserve it so it can be examined for any potential defects or malfunctions. If anyone saw you get hurt, try to obtain his or her contact information as well. Eyewitnesses can help corroborate your statements.
Contact an experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer who can help fight for your rights and obtain compensation for your losses. In some cases, particularly those where workers have been catastrophically injured, workers’ compensation benefits may not even come close to covering all damages. In such cases, a third-party claim may be an option.
These are basically claims filed against a third party (other than the employer), which may have caused or contributed to the injury. Examples of third parties may include a contractor or sub-contractors, a property owner who allowed dangerous conditions to exist at a worksite or the manufacturer of a defective or dangerous product.
Denials and Appeals
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims routinely get denied for a number of reasons. The claims may be denied for example, if your doctor misclassified your injury or if he or she stated that the injury wasn’t job-related. Regardless of the reason for the denial, our attorneys will help you file an appeal and represent you in the appropriate hearings so you are able to get the benefits you need. The doctor, the insurance company and even your employer may not necessarily look out for your best interests. Our lawyers will fight for and protect your rights every step of the way.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
At ODG Law Group, our workers’ comp lawyers Los Angeles will handle all your interactions with the insurance company giving you the time and peace of mind to recover quickly and completely from your injuries. We will help ensure that you receive the medical care you need to recover well. Our lawyers will fight hard to get benefits for all the injuries and ailments from which you are suffering. Call us at 818-230-2428 to find out how we can help you.