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Workplace Injuries in California

By Pacific Attorney Group  May. 8, 2012 2:46p

Workplace injuries in California are covered by the state workers' compensation program. That means that if you sustain an injury while performing your job duties or you develop an illness or disease due to your duties or the work environment, you will receive medical benefits and income percentage payments based on your average earnings prior to the workers' comp claim. All of this sounds reasonable and good, except in real life you are dealing with an insurance company. Not your insurance carrier, but your employer's. What we do know about insurance carriers? That they have their own adjustors, medical doctors, lawyers, and representatives who are all working for the same thing: to reduce the costs of any claim that comes their way in order to protect their profits.

Therefore, you may file a claim through your employer only to have it denied by the insurance carrier involved. Since the enactment of SB 899 which is a bill which involves the reform of California worker's compensation, your rights have been restricted. Such reforms as a 2-year cap on benefits, medical care from provider networks only, and treatments that only fit into the legislated guidelines have been incorporated. If you have been denied, therefore, you should take action immediately. You can start by filing an appeal within the time frame allowed by the state. Then take up your dispute with the Information and Assistance Unit of the California Division of Workers' Compensation to see if the denial can be handled before moving on to the appeal step.

Los Angeles Workers' Compensation Attorney

If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, you can get the capable legal help you need at the Pacific Attorney Group. In a free, initial consultation a Los Angeles workers' compensation lawyer at the firm can review and evaluate your situation to let you know where you stand and what can be done to help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve. After an injury or illness, the last thing you want is a complication in the claims process. That is where an experienced attorney can be of invaluable assistance. The firm has an experienced and dedicated legal team that will fight vigorously on your behalf to secure the medical care and income that can make such a significant difference in the financial stability of you and your family.

Contact a Los Angeles workers' compensation attorney at the firm for skilled legal assistance in any matter concerning California workers' compensation today.

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