The very first thing you should do if you’re hurt on the job is to report the incident immediately. Don’t hesitate and contact a personal injury attorney right away because you need a strong legal team on your side. In Orange County, you run the risk of losing significant benefits the moment you retain an attorney. But without one you’re at the mercy of the company, their doctors and what they decide to award you–if anything.
Another good reason to secure an attorney is to make certain you and your rights are adequately protected. A team of attorneys will be able to file your claim promptly and of course properly. Without proper legal representation, you may be sacrificing your lifetime medical benefits. This is a serious issue to contemplate and all the more reason you need to seek the right help.
What you Need to Know
In California, you are covered up to $10,000 automatically after a work-related illness or injury without any investigation as to who was at fault. This is not good for the injured worker. This means, that if you allow this to happen–you will be barred from suing your employer. Your medical bills may well exceed $10,000.
If you are an independent contractor, the client you work for is not required to pay for or provide workers’ comp insurance. But if you are an employee and live out of state but appear in California to work for a company part-time, you are entitled to workers’ comp. If you are the only employee of a company, you are also entitled to workers’ comp.
You are entitled to 2 thirds of your weekly pay for either 104 weeks or until you can return to work. You can receive partial or total disability payments if you can not perform duties until your injury has healed. These are unique circumstances to everyone. With the help of our Orange County personal injury attorney, we can help lift the burden from an injured by providing skilled and experienced legal assistance.