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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.

Orange County Work Injury Resources

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 Orange County 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. Our firm is proud to be recommended by the Orange County Employees Association.

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 40 years of experience in work injury claims.

Work Accident Stats in Orange County [2020-2021]

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 2020, 4,764 workers died in the United States. This was the first decline in work injuries in years.
  • In the state of California, 448,300 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses occurred in 2020. An additional 463 California workers died on the job.
  • Transportation accidents are the most common cause of worker injuries and deaths, accounting for 26% of fatalities in California in 2020 (122 deaths).
  • Slip and falls were the second most common cause of death in 2020, with 99 fatalities in California. This type of accident is an extremely common causes of work injury, increasing year over year since. Carpenters, roofers, commercial truck drivers, and tree trimmers fall most often.
  • The construction industry had the most fatalities in 2020. Overall, 1,008 construction workers died throughout the U.S. in 2020. 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 2020 was lack of fall protection in construction. The second-most common was the failure to fulfill hazard communication standards.
  • In 2021, workers’ compensation insurance throughout the U.S. paid out $42,680,678 in premiums. The company that wrote the most direct premiums was Travelers Companies Inc., with $3,547,060.

Travelers insurance analyzed 1.5 million claims between 2015 and 2019 and found that:

  • The most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries were overexertion, slips, trips and falls, being struck by and object, and motor vehicle accidents.
  • The most common work injuries were strains and sprains (38%), fractures (13%), contusions (8%), inflammation (7%), dislocations (7%), and cuts or puncture wounds (5%).
  • The most expensive injuries were dislocations, head trauma, and fractures.
  • 35% of workplace injuries occur in an employee’s first year on the job.

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. Our Orange County injury lawyers have 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 today at (714) 783-2205 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 the 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.