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Orange County California Work Injury Attorneys

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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.

Orange County work injuries happen more often than most employees realize. You might not have thought about the frequency of workplace accidents until you needed to file a claim. Negligent employers, incompetent coworkers, and careless product manufacturers are all parties that make some workplaces more dangerous than they need to be. Getting the facts on Orange County work injuries can help you understand your rights moving forward.

If you or a family member experienced serious injuries in a work-related accident, contact the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo. Our Orange County work injury lawyers can investigate the incident, assign fault to negligent parties, and take care of claims filing on your behalf. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and/or a personal injury settlement or judgment. Our experienced work injury attorneys in Orange County put you first, and aren’t afraid to take your case to trial for full financial recovery. Request a free consultation today.

If you’re looking to file a workers compensation claim, speak to one of our Orange County workers compensation lawyers.

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 benefits 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 work accident, 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 Orange County workers compensation lawyers have over 35 years of experience in work injury claims.

Work Accident Facts in Orange County

The more you know about your workplace accident, the stronger your workers’ compensation or personal injury case. Knowing the latest facts and figures on worker injuries in Orange County, California, and the U.S. as a whole can help you figure out where you stand as a victim, or as the loved one of a fatal accident victim.

Put your case in perspective by comparing it to other similar workplace injuries in Orange County. If you want to know more about workplace accidents or your specific case, call us at (714) 783-2205. Here are some of the most recent statistics:

  • In 2016, 5,190 workers died in the United States. This was a 7% increase from the 4,836 fatalities in 2015 and the third consecutive annual upswing in worker deaths. 2016 was the first time since 2008 that more than 5,000 employees suffered fatal injuries.
  • In the state of California, 466,600 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses occurred in 2016. An additional 376 California workers died on the job. Although this was the second-highest fatality rate in the U.S., it was the fourth-lowest in terms of deaths per state capita.
  • In the Orange and Los Angeles Counties, 109 workers died while on the job in 2016. This was an increase of 14% from 2015 and the highest fatality count in the region since 2011. All of Southern California reported in total of 180 worker deaths in 2016.
  • Transportation accidents are the most common cause of worker injuries and deaths, accounting for 40% of fatalities in 2016 (2,083 deaths). The second-most common cause is “violence and other injuries by persons or animals.”
  • Slip and falls are extremely common causes of work injury, increasing year over year since 2011. In 2016, 849 worker deaths stemmed from falls (a 25% overall increase from 2011). Carpenters, roofers, commercial truck drivers, and tree trimmers fall most often.
  • More than one-fifth (21.1%) of employee deaths happened in construction in 2016. Overall, 991 construction workers died throughout the U.S. in 2016. The leading causes of construction fatal injuries are highway collisions, falls, struck-by object, electrocution, and getting caught in/between equipment.
  • The number one safety standard violation the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited in 2016 was lack of fall protection in construction. The second-most common was the failure to fulfill hazard communication standards.
  • In 2016, workers’ compensation insurance throughout the U.S. paid out $45,620,510 in premiums. The company that wrote the most direct premiums was Travelers Companies Inc., with $4,427,997.

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%.

You, however, are not just a statistic when you come to our firm for Orange County work injury representation. We see the person behind the injury claim. Our work injury lawyers provide personalized, one-on-one legal services and client care based on your specific needs and case goals. We use our in-depth knowledge of workplace injuries and related law subjects to get the most out of your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation in Orange County, California.

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 | 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.