Work Injury Lawyers in Glendale
If you are injured on the job in California, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. A work injury claim can be filed when your injuries were the result of negligence. Typically, a third-party work injury claim allows injured individuals to seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
It is important that you speak to an experienced attorney about your legal rights and options following a work-related accident and/or injury. An attorney at our firm can help you take action aimed at holding the liable party responsible and recovering the rightful compensation you are owed.
Contact the Glendale work injury attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC to learn more; call us at (818) 507-4311 or fill out and submit an online contact form for a free consultation.
Unfortunately, workplace injuries happen all the time. Often, they occur as a result of an accident or incident caused by someone else—a co-worker, employer, or third party. Remember, an injury/illness does not have to occur in your physical place of work for you to be eligible to bring a work injury claim, as long as the injury/illness occurred while you were working or carrying out duties related to your employment.
Some common examples of on-the-job accidents, injuries, and illnesses include:
- Falls from heights
- Repetitive motion injuries (like carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Being hit by falling objects
- Loss of limb/amputation due to defective machinery
- Shoulder and back injuries from lifting heavy objects
- Motor vehicle accidents, including delivery truck collisions
- Exposure to toxic and/or harmful substances
- Injuries caused by the use of defective/dangerous products
- Slip and fall accidents
- Broken bones
Regardless of the type of accident you were involved in or the injuries you have sustained, it is important that you notify your employer as soon as possible after the incident. If you wish to pursue a third-party work injury claim, you will need to act relatively quickly in order to ensure that the statute of limitations does not pass.
All employers in California are required to provide workers’ compensation to their employees, including part-time, temporary, and employees who are not legal residents of the United States (DWC). If a workplace injury occurs, you should immediately report it to your employer to avoid future injuries. In addition, if you do not report an injury within 30 days of the incident, you may be ineligible for workers' compensation. Reporting as soon as the incident occurs also ensures that you receive medical treatment in a timely manner, as well as temporary disability benefits.
Once an injury is reported and a claim is filed, your employer should immediately provide medical care. In addition to medical care, workers’ compensation insurance provides 4 additional benefits:
- Temporary disability benefits: Payments if you lose wages because your injury prevents you from doing your usual job while recovering
- Permanent disability benefits: Payments if you don't recover completely
- Supplemental job displacement benefits (for injuries later than 2004): Vouchers to help pay for retraining or skill enhancement if you don't recover completely and don't return to work for your employer
- Death benefits: Payments to your spouse, children or other dependents if you die from a job injury or illness.
It is important to note that an employer may not fire you for filing for workers' compensation if the injury occurs in the workplace. Workers' compensation is based on a "no-fault" policy and does not require employees to prove liability. This is different from Liability Insurance.
Liability can vary depending on your job industry, but no matter why or how an injury occurs, you are still justified in seeking compensation for medical, physical, and mental costs from a workplace injury.
Scenarios where an employer may be liable for a workplace injury include:
- Knowing about unsafe work conditions and failing to fix them
- Utilizing unsafe work practices that put employees at risk
- Lack of training for safety procedures (fire safety plans, etc.)
- Purchasing and utilizing faulty work equipment
- An employee operating equipment without proper training or certification or while intoxicated
When trying to prove liability, it is important to document all factors that may have contributed to a workplace injury. Photos, videos, and witness statements can be the deciding factor in your case. Proving liability will take longer than a workers’ compensation claim and requires the help of a skilled personal injury attorney to guide you through the process.
If you wish to pursue a third-party work injury claim, you will need to act relatively quickly in order to ensure that the statute of limitations does not pass.
If your injury or illness was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to bring a third-party claim. One common example of a situation when this might be appropriate is a truck driver who is hit by another motorist while out on delivery. If the other motorist is at fault for the accident, either because he or she was texting while driving, ran a red light, or was speeding, the injured truck driver may be able to file a claim against the motorist and seek compensation for his or her medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we have over three decades of combined experience in all aspects of personal injury law. Our Glendale work injury attorneys are passionate about standing up for the rights of injured California workers throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Our goal is to help you secure the maximum compensation you are owed so that you can get back on your feet and begin the process of moving forward with your life.
Find out how our team can help you with your work-related injury case; call (818) 507-4311 for a complimentary consultation.