Should you contact a lawyer for an injury on the job?
If you have been hurt at work, the California workers’ compensation system provides certain protections for employees. Every employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, through which injured workers can obtain medical treatment, temporary or permanent disability benefits, death benefits and/or supplemental job displacement benefits. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this system, particularly if your initial claim is denied or disputed and you are required to file an appeal with the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.
In California, the majority of on-the-job injuries are handled through the workers’ compensation system. However, there are also some situations where an injured employee can file a civil lawsuit. For example, if an employer fails to maintain workers’ compensation insurance, the company can be sued. The main advantage of doing this is the possibility of receiving greater compensation through a personal injury claim than what would be available through the workers’ compensation system.
There are other exceptions to the general rule that work injury cases must be handled through the workers’ compensation system. A seasoned California personal injury lawyer can work with you to help you determine if you may be able to file a lawsuit based on your workplace injury.