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Getting Workers’ Compensation Benefits
On-the-job injuries can be incredibly serious, and not just in terms of health. Workers who are hurt in the line of duty may face extended time away from the job; time away they cannot afford, especially with a family. Getting the very most out of potential workers’ compensation benefits is important, and we can help you get there.
At the Law Offices of Bo Katzakian, we represent clients who have been hurt on the job. We will make sure that you get the benefits you need to get back on your feet and back on the job while minimizing the hardship endured by your family. Let us put our experience to work for you.
From offices in Santa Clara County, workers’ compensation benefits attorney Bo Katzakian provides clients with exceptional service and aggressive representation so they can get their medical bills paid and get back to work. For a free initial consultation, call 408-624-8420.
Establishing Workers’ Comp Eligibility For Benefits
In order to be eligible for benefits, an injury must occur at the workplace while doing your job. In other words, “within the course and scope” of your employment. Insurance companies will fight hard to show you do not meet this standard, so be aware that your claim may be initially denied.
Medical treatment for any work-related injuries is covered by the workers’ compensation benefits system, which requires employers to pay into insurance. The actual amount of benefits workers qualify for is unique to each case. The most important thing that you can do to maximize your benefits is to obtain an accurate diagnosis and keep detailed records of any and all medical treatments.
What Are The Benefits For California Work Injuries?
Injured workers can claim workers’ compensation benefits in California for the four following basic benefits:
- Temporary disability benefits: You may be entitled to receive two-thirds of your gross pay until you are declared to medically able to return after a work injury. Temporary benefits will cease after two years from the date of the injury.
- Permanent disability benefits: These benefits are determined by a doctor’s analysis of what percentage of your work potential you have permanently lost due to a work-related injury. Compensation will be in relation to this number.
- Medical treatment: Medical treatment of a work-related injury is automatically covered by workers’ compensation, and unless your claim is denied outright this will be covered.
- Rehabilitation: This essentially provides a permanently disabled worker with a voucher, scaled to his or her level of disability, which will allow him or her to enter a retraining program in order to learn new skills.
For families who have lost a loved one to a work-related accident, death benefits may be available. The Law Offices of Bo Katzakian can tell you more.
Do I Get To Choose My Doctor When I Was Injured At Work?
If you trust your regular physician, it makes sense that you would want to have that physician provide your medical care in the event of a workplace injury. In California, however, you may be required to visit a doctor that is associated with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.
Medical assessments collected by this doctor are going to play a critical role in the amount of compensation you receive through workers’ comp benefits. Get a second opinion from a doctor you trust. Our firm can guide you through the process to ensure you have access to the independent medical assessment you need.
Contact A Workers’ Comp Disability Lawyer Today
If you have suffered a work injury and had benefits denied, attorney Bo Katzakian can help you obtain the maximum compensation available to you for your particular situation. He has experience litigating and negotiating workers’ compensation cases and knows how to make the system work for you.
For more information on how the Law Offices of Bo Katzakian can assist you in getting benefits for your work injury, call 408-624-8420 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. We will fight for the compensation you deserve.