What is a Compensable Consequence Injury?
Work place injuries are rarely isolated incidents; depending on the size and scope of the accident, multiple people can be hurt or killed. As well, injuries received in the accident can result in related physical damages in the future. This is known as compensable consequence and the worker’s compensation team at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office is well-versed in its application.
If you have recently been involved in a workplace incident that is a direct result of a previous accident that occurred on the job, you should contact attorney Kenton Koszdin at your earliest convenience. Having spent the past decade practicing worker’s compensation and disability benefit litigation, Kenton Koszdin Law Office has a distinct edge over other law firms that make the same claim. Along with his entire staff, Mr. Koszdin is able to quickly and insightfully diagnose a case – and begin building a defense for your claim.
Don’t let your employer, their legal counsel or their insurance company bully or coerce you into taking anything less than what you deserve. Compensable consequence in California is a distinct part of work-place accidents. Call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today to get the full facts on what it means for you and how our firm can help. Our number is (800) 438-7734 – call now.
Benefits for Accidents Resulting from Previous Injuries
In the most basic terms, compensable consequence is an accident or event that happens as a direct result of an individual’s previous work-related accident. It is a domino effect, whereas one injury begets another and another.
In the state of California, employees who have suffered accidents as a result of their previous injuries are entitled to the same benefits and coverage that was awarded in the original incident. Some of the more famous examples of such cases include:
SCIF v. IAC, (Wallin – 1959)
A landmark case in the compensable consequence law; a carpenter who had lost significant use of his vision while on the job was working on a personal project in his garage. In the course of operating a power saw, the man amputated his finger. Judges ruled in the man’s favor and the accident was considered a direct result of the loss of his vision at work.
Haitbrink Asphalt Paving Inc. v. WCAB, (Acevedo – 2013)
More recently, a man who was on his way to the doctor following a lower back injury at work was involved in another accident which subsequently paralyzed him. Traveling from work to the hospital following an accident is considered the most common type of compensable consequence injury.
While difficult to prove in some cases, compensable consequence must be taken into account by every employer. This includes mental health and drug addiction following a work place accident.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a California Workers’ Compensation Claim
As with all workers’ compensation claims, there is a statute of limitations on how long you are able to file. Generally speaking, if you wait longer than is permitted by law you will almost definitely forfeit your right to compensation. Your employer and their insurance agency would love to see this happen – don’t let it.
Call the compensable consequence specialists at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today. Not only will we help you make a determination on the size of your claim, but how to effectively file and succeed. Don’t wait till it is too late; use our online contact form or call (800) 438-7734.