Every year, many Americans must deal with the financial and physical repercussions of a workplace accident or injuries from repetitive stress. This damage can result in ongoing pain, medical bills, lost wages from missed work and more. When a work injury has negative and long-term implications for your life, you need to know what legal options are available.

A work injury is not always the result of an accident. Many California employees suffer from injuries that develop over time from repeating the same movement over and over. These injuries are not exclusive to physical laborers; they can also affect those who work at computers. Carpal tunnel syndrome and back injuries are common forms of repetitive stress injuries.

In some cases, work injuries can be the result of lack of safety measures, slippery floors or simply unfortunate circumstances. No matter what the circumstances of a work accident may be, it is important for California workers to understand their rightful entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are granted to the cover the cost of medical treatment, therapy, lost wages from missed work and, in certain circumstances, vocational retraining. 

Employers or the insurance provider may try to dispute a claim, making it difficult for workers to get the financial support they need after suffering from a work injury. When this happens, an attorney can be a practical source of guidance, helping an injured victim seek benefits or appeal a denied claim. In order to protect the rights granted to injured workers, it is wise to seek a case evaluation with a lawyer knowledgeable in workers’ compensation cases.