The workers’ compensation system was designed to help injured workers after on-the-job accidents. But the system is often stacked against employees. To get the full benefits to which you are entitled under California law, you need an experienced, skilled, and aggressive workers’ compensation lawyer fighting on your behalf.

Kenton Koszdin Has Been Your Trusted Workers' Compensation Attorney in Los Angeles for 25 Years

Whether you work in the industrial sector or hold down a desk job, you have the right to receive medical coverage and other workers’ compensation benefits if you have been injured while performing your job duties. Your employer should be able to provide you with the financial assistance you need through his or her workers’ compensation insurance program. Be sure to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer and consult with an attorney right away to get started on the road to recovery.
Kenton Koszdin Law Office was founded in 1998. For decades, we have regularly secured full disability awards and large settlements for injured workers. Our firm’s Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer has earned a reputation for taking cases to trial instead of accepting low settlement offers from insurers. As a result, he has gained extensive trial experience and a long track record of success.
Our office represents injured employees from across Southern California, including these areas:

  • Los Angeles and the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area
  • The San Fernando Valley
  • The Antelope Valley
  • Ventura County
  • Bakersfield

We have offices in four convenient locations in Southern California:

  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • Bakersfield
  • Van Nuys
  • Palmdale

Our workers’ comp attorney also conducts phone and in-home consultations to simplify the process for accident victims.
We have worked with California’s revised workers’ compensation law since it became effective in 2004. Our Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney knows how the law works and what he needs to do to get maximum compensation for injured employees.
Attorney Kenton Koszdin has more than a decade’s worth of experience with workers’ compensation cases. As a man who has suffered painful injuries himself, he understands just how devastating the results of an accident can be. His compassion and sense of empathy have allowed him to connect with clients on a deeper level, making him fight for them that much harder. If you need an experienced Los Angeles workers’ comp lawyer who is not afraid to go to trial, call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today at 818-273-6857.

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What Type of Workers' Compensation Benefits Can You Receive?

If you win your claim, your employer’s insurance company must provide benefits. Workers’ compensation provides workers’ compensation benefits in eight basic categories:

  • Medical care

payments for diagnostic testing and imaging, doctor and hospital treatments, physical therapy, mental health therapy, medical devices and appliances, and medication until you recover or reach maximum medical improvement

  • Temporary Disability Payments

to cover part of your lost wages if you must take time off to recover, with the amount of your temporary disability pay dependent on the extent of your injuries and what you can and cannot do

  • Permanent Disability Payments

including partial permanent disability pay if you can do some work and total permanent disability payments if you cannot work, to help you support yourself and your family if you do not recover sufficiently to return to work

  • Supplemental job displacement benefits

to cover tuition, books, and licensing fees for educational retraining or job skill enhancement if you need to re-train for a new job because your permanently disabling injuries prevent you from going back to your previous job but allow you to work in a different role or career

  • Death Benefits

For your family, if you lose your life due to your injuries or an occupational illness, for reasonable burial expenses up to $10,000, along with survivor benefits if you have a spouse or minor dependents

  • Lump Settlement

If you choose to receive your benefits as a single larger payment instead of smaller weekly or monthly payments

  • Survivor Benefits

Paid to your spouse and minor children if you die due to a work-related injury or illness, including a one-time payment and biweekly benefits

  • Employer-Provided Group Health Benefits

which are protected from termination during your recovery by federal law unless you receive a notice and an option to elect a paid plan

What Are the Common Workplace Injuries Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Workers’ compensation covers both injuries that are sustained in one-time incidents and those that develop over a long period of time (repetitive motion for example) in addition to occupational illnesses that develop from either consistent exposure to hazardous elements or stressful situations in the working environment. As a claimant, you will have to prove to the claims administrator that your injury or illness was connected to your job duties or took place on the premises of your employment. A resourceful attorney should be able to help you gather the means to prove your claim.
Your job duties will determine whether your injury is eligible for a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ comp insurance covers employees only for injuries suffered in the scope of their employment. If you got hurt doing something your employer asked you to do, you are likely eligible for compensation.
When you get injured on the job, you can file a claim for workers’ comp regardless of who caused the workplace accident, how you got injured, or what injuries you suffered. The most common reason for a claim to be denied is being intoxicated during an accident.
These are three of the most common workplace injuries:

Head and Brain Injuries

  • Pain
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Coma

Back Injuries

Back injuries can range from back strain to fractured vertebrae and may require surgery, therapy, and medication to treat symptoms.
Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries happen when your spinal cord is severed or compressed and can cause paralysis, pain, numbness, weakness, muscle spasms, and a loss of dexterity.

Almost any work accident can also cause a work injury, such as:

Car Accidents on the Job

Car accidents on the job can cause an injury eligible for a workers’ comp claim if you were driving as part of your job duties.

Construction Accidents

Construction accidents are common causes of workers’ compensation claims due to the dangers on a construction site, such as heavy machines and electrical hazards.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents happen when your feet lose traction and can cause serious injuries to the head, neck, back, knees, hands, and arms.

How Much Can I Get for My Workers' Comp Case?

How much you will receive for a workers’ compensation case depends on the severity of your injuries. You should always receive full medical treatment. You might also receive compensation for lost income in an amount based on your average wage. These payments should continue until you return to work. If you cannot return, they should continue for the rest of your life.
Contact our office for a free case review to determine how much you might receive for your claim.

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Results Matter

Fair compensation for your work-related injuries can save your health and finances.
In one case, our client developed carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia over many years at a mail processing facility. Multiple insurers denied her workers’ compensation claim. We took her case to trial to obtain compensation of $267,000 plus medical care for the rest of her life.
In another case, our client was unable to work due to multiple hand, neck, and back injuries. The workers’ comp insurers for the hotel where she worked denied her claim of total permanent disability. We tried the case and obtained lifetime medical care and a 100% total permanent disability award worth $246,000.

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Who Is Covered by Los Angeles Workers' Compensation?

To receive workers’ comp benefits, you must work as an employee rather than an independent contractor. This distinction depends on the conditions of your job, including how you were paid and who controlled where and when you worked.
You must also suffer a workplace disease or injury. This disease or injury can result from a one-time accident. It can also build over time through exposure to hazardous materials, environmental conditions (such as dust or loud noises), or repetitive motions.
Workers in all jobs get exposed to risks. The most common occupations for injuries include:

Truck Drivers

Truck drivers can get injured in truck crashes while driving or while they are inspecting, loading, and unloading their cargo.

First Responders and Emergency Workers

First responders and emergency workers get exposed to dangerous conditions and hazardous materials on a daily basis as an essential part of their job duties.

Domestic Workers (Babysitters, Nannies, and Housekeepers)

Domestic workers (babysitters, nannies, and housekeepers) get injured by hazards found around the home, including slippery floors, falling objects, and poisonous or caustic chemicals.

Why Choose Kenton Koszdin as Your Los Angeles Work Comp Attorney?

  • Nearly 25 years of experience handling workers’ compensation cases
  • Free comprehensive case review in person or over the phone
  • Regular communication and immediate updates on case developments
  • Extensive trial experience and a reputation for trying cases to maximize the compensation
  • Track record of standing up to insurers on behalf of workers

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions we frequently answer for our workers' comp clients:

Do I have a deadline for filing a workers' comp claim?

Yes, you have several strict deadlines for filing a claim for workers' comp. If you miss these deadlines, the insurer can deny your claim. You have up to 30 days to report your injury or illness to your employer. The time starts on the date of your injury or diagnosis.

How long can I receive payments for disabilities?

You will receive temporary disability payments until you recover or reach maximum medical improvement, with a maximum of 104 weeks. For certain serious injuries, you may request temporary disability payments for up to 240 weeks. If you suffer a permanent disability, you may receive disability benefits for the rest of your life.

Can I get fired for filing a workers' comp claim?

No. California workers' compensation laws prohibit employers from firing you for filing a claim for workers' comp benefits. The law also prohibits employers from retaliating against any coworkers who testify on your behalf in your claim. But an employer can fire you if your injuries prevent you from doing your job.
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