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Orange County California Work Injury Attorneys

If you want results, call us. If you want peace of mind, call us. If you want representation who understands the hardship that has been thrust upon you, call us.

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Most of our weeks are spent working, with some of us spending even more time at work than we spend at home. Your employer is required by law to provide you with a safe place to work, but unfortunately they sometimes fail in this duty. When you’ve been injured at work, you may be wondering what your options are. The truth is that you have many if you know how to pursue them.

The Work Injury Program in Orange County, CA

California employers are required to participate in the state’s workers’ compensation program. If they elect not to participate in workers’ compensation, they must provide proof of self-insurance in the event that an employee gets injured on the job.

No matter what kind of injury you sustain – burns, broken or strained limbs, crushing injuries, even carpal tunnel – you’re eligible to submit a claim to the state for compensation. To receive workers’ compensation benefits, you need to do three things:

  • Report the incident promptly to your employer. Claims made 30 days after the incident may be denied.
  • Find quality medical care. Tend to your physical and mental wounds. Your worker’s compensation claim will cover your medical expenses, so try not to worry about the cost. A doctor’s note will help support your claim.
  • File a claim. Fill out the “employee” section of the worker’s compensation benefit claim and give it to your employer to file with the program

Your Rights As An Employee

State laws work to protect employees. As a worker in the state of California, you have the right to:

  • File a claim (and an appeal, if necessary) with the worker’s compensation court
  • See a doctor and pursue medical treatment for your work-related injury
  • Return to work as soon as a doctor signs off on your care
  • Receive disability compensation if you’re work-related injury prevents you from doing your job duties, temporarily or permanently
  • Enlist the help of an attorney to make the process smoother and more empowering

Employers are required by law to submit your claim promptly and honestly. If they leave out important details in their version of events, you will need the help of an experienced law firm to get you the settlement you deserve.

Third-Party Personal Injury Claims

Generally speaking, workers’ compensation is designed to pay for your medical bills and give you a percentage of your lost wages if you have to miss time from work. For most, this is not enough to get by. If someone was negligent on the job and their carelessness led to your injury, you have the option of pursuing a third party claim on top of your worker’s compensation claim. A third party claim will help you recover compensation due to pain and suffering.

We can pursue a personal injury claim due to product defects, recklessness of other employees, or substandard equipment maintenance. Each case is unique, but our firm has over 35 years of experience in work injury claims.

Work Injury Facts

Travelers insurance analyzed 1.5 million claims between 2010 and 2014 and found that:

  • The most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries were material handling, slips and falls, being struck by and object, and accidents with tools.
  • The most common work injuries were strains and sprains, cuts or punctures, contusions, inflammation, and fractures.
  • The average number of days that employees were away from work for the above injuries were 57, 24, 27, 91, and 78 respectively.
  • The average cost of the most common injuries are $17,000, $8,200, $8,000, $24,500, and $42,400 respectively.
  • The most costly work injuries are as follows: amputation ($102,500), dislocation ($97,100), electric shock ($55,200), crushing ($54,600), and multiple trauma ($50,000).
  • The construction industry spends 4.4% of its total costs on compensation whereas the average for all other industries is 1.6%.

Non-Fatal and Fatal Work Injuries and Illnesses in California – Public and Private Sector (2003-2014)

Source: CHSWC 2015 Annual Report

Choose a Law Firm with a History of Success

At the Law Offices of DiMarco, Araujo, and Montevideo, we know how important your work is to your overall well-being. We’ve been practicing work injury law for over three decades and have a reputation for excellence in serving our clients. Let us go to work for you pursuing worker’s compensation and third party personal injury claims.

Contact our office for a risk-free, initial consultation. With offices also in Riverside and San Bernardino, one of our attorneys can meet with you anywhere in Southern California to review the facts of your case, so we can provide you with advice for next steps, free of charge.

 

“Having been a client of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo Law Firm has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. Their expertise in litigation created an outcome for me beyond my wildest expectations. Their personal relationship with me as a client made me feel comfortable and they cared about me, not just my case, through what would normally be an uncomfortable experience. I am grateful to know and to have been represented by this firm.” – Lee H.