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Work injuries impact thousands of employees in California every year. Incidents such as slip and falls, falling objects, burns, acts of violence, and transportation accidents can have devastating outcomes for victims. The injuries suffered in a work accident in La Mesa could take someone out of work for weeks, months or indefinitely.
At the Law Offices of Howard Kitay, we stand up for injured workers during La Mesa workers’ compensation claims and personal injury civil suits. If you have an occupational injury or illness from a job-related task, please contact us for a free consultation. You may need a La Mesa personal injury lawyer’s assistance to obtain fair compensation for your damages.
The workers’ compensation program has many important benefits for workers. Yet, in many cases, injured employees find it difficult to get their employers’ insurance companies to offer fair compensation for their injuries. Insurance companies often intentionally make claims difficult for clients to save money on payouts. Hiring a lawyer in La Mesa ensures a workers’ compensation insurer does not take advantage of you. It can lead to a fair outcome for your injury claim rather than accepting a lowball settlement. Your lawyer can protect your rights on all fronts while you focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
California’s workers’ compensation system operates by providing no-fault benefits to injured workers without them needing to prove fault or negligence. A worker only needs to show his or her injury or illness occurred due to work-related tasks or conditions to obtain benefits. In most cases, an injured worker can receive payments for his or her medical bills and partial lost wages by submitting an insurance claim, whether or not someone else’s negligence caused the accident in question. As a victim, however, it is important to explore your rights before you accept a workers’ compensation insurance settlement.
Once you settle, you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer in La Mesa. You give up this right in exchange for accepting no-fault insurance benefits. If your employer caused your injury or illness through an act of negligence, such as poor training, dangerous premises or lack of protective equipment, wait to accept a settlement. You may be eligible for greater compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. If you suspect someone other than your employer of causing your injury, speak to our attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Kitay about a third-party lawsuit. Injured employees can file third-party suits and accept workers’ compensation benefits as well, in some cases.
In California, a workers’ compensation claim could lead to payment for the victim’s full past and future medical bills. This can include surgeries, rehabilitation and therapies, medications, medical devices, hospital stays, doctor’s appointments, and other health care needs. It could also repay lost wages up to two-thirds of the claimant’s average weekly wage. If the worker needs new training or education to accommodate a disability, workers’ comp can pay for this. A civil suit could also cover these expenses. Additionally, a civil suit could replace 100% of your lost wages rather than two-thirds. A lawsuit could also end in compensation for your physical pain and emotional suffering, as well as punitive damages.
The potential value of your workers’ compensation claim will depend on the factors specific to your case. At the Law Offices of Howard Kitay, we care about injured employees in La Mesa. We can work with you to identify your rights, protect them and exercise them to obtain maximum financial compensation. Start with a free consultation. Call (619) 442-0542 or contact us online today to schedule yours with a La Mesa workers’ compensation lawyer.