Any occupation requires the employee to be in good health in order to fulfill the duties of his or her position. An injury, illness or disability can prevent an employee from performing the job in an optimal fashion or even put him or her completely out of commission, resulting in financial and emotional devastation for the injured worker and his or her family. That is why the workplace should be kept well-maintained for the protection of the employees. If an employee suffers an injury in the workplace, he or she may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
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Self representation for a seriously injured worker, while not a good idea under the pre-2004 system, is an even worse idea in the new California Workers' Compensation Law system.
For this reason, if you have a serious injury at work that will likely result in a permanent and lasting change in your ability to perform your current job or activities of daily living, it's of the utmost importance to access as much information as possible about your legal rights and options.
A skilled workers' compensation attorney can help guide you through the maze of the workers' compensation system so that you don't have to suffer financially for your physical and emotional trauma. At the Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Los Angeles workers' compensation attorney Kenton Koszdin has been protecting the rights of those injured on-the-job in Southern California for over 10 years.
If a workers' compensation claim is approved by Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC), an injured worker may receive benefits for medical treatment for work-related conditions and cash payments that partly substitute lost wages. When a worker is recuperating away from work, temporary total disability benefits may be provided. If a specific medical condition causes persistent pain or other effects after the worker heals, then permanent disability benefits may be provided. Family members of a worker who dies as the result of a workplace injury or illness may be provided with survivor benefits.
Due to the California Workers' Compensation Law being dramatically changed to the detriment of injured workers, filing for benefits and obtaining benefits to the fullest extent that they are deserved is an even more complex process than it used to be.
For instance, when seeking workers' compensation benefits for an injury, depending on the circumstances, you will be required to complete a qualified medical evaluation in addition to a cardiovascular evaluation, neuromusculoskeletal evaluation, pulmonary evaluation, and psychiatric evaluation.
Moreover, an injured worker or family members of a deceased worker who receive notice of rejection of workers' compensation benefits may wish to file an appeals claim, which involves unique requirements and demands in and of itself.
Another common hurdle that claimants must consider is the overlap of workers' compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits. Although these programs are similar, workers qualify for workers' compensation benefits from their first day of employment, but Social Security disability benefits are only provided to workers with a significant work history.
As a law firm that takes on a limited amount of cases at a time, we focus on providing our clients with the personal, individualized attention that they need and deserve. Los Angeles attorney Koszdin exclusively handles workers' compensation and Social Security disability cases, lending his clients the advantage of having a lawyer on their side who knows the ins and outs of intricate filing and appeals processes.
Our goal at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office is to get our clients as well as possible both physically and financially. For a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help, please call (800) 438-7734.