If you have been injured on the job, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages and losses. In California, you will be able to receive some compensation for your losses by filing a workers' comp claim. However, it is important to understand that workers' compensation benefits may not cover all your losses. In many cases, workers may be able to file a lawsuit against the third party – an individual or entity other than their employer – but may not even know that is an option.
This is why it is important that injured workers or families that may have lost a loved one on the job contact an experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyer who will be able to guide them through what could become a complex process, one that could be difficult to comprehend and navigate.
In most cases, claims adjusters for insurance companies or attorneys working for your employer will not look out for your best interest. They may not look at other ways in which you can seek and obtain compensation. This is where our work injury lawyers can help tilt the scales in your favor.
Because we have specific experience handling work injury cases and third-party claims, we can help determine what your case is worth, evaluate the scope of your losses and determine who the liable or responsible parties are. These are critical steps in a work injury case without which you may not receive just compensation for your losses.
What a Good Work Injury Lawyer Should Do
There are many ways in which a great work injury attorney can help tilt the scales in your favor. The following are the most important.
In a work injury case, as with any personal injury case, injured victims must prove negligence on the part of the defendant in order to receive compensation. Our lawyers can help you gather and compile crucial evidence, which can make all the difference in your case. We can help gather medical evidence including all your medical records and documentation of the type of treatment you received.
We can help arrange or recommend treatment with certain doctors and help obtain medical opinions from your treating physicians through an independent medical examination. We can also represent you when you have been asked to appear and answer questions at a deposition, which is done under oath. In addition, we conduct depositions of medical experts as well.
There are several types of medical evidence that could help bolster your case including testimony from experts about your job's physical requirements, statements from friends and family members, and collecting evidence about dangerous conditions at the work site where your accident occurred. Our experienced work injury lawyers know the type of evidence that is needed to maximize the chances of a good outcome in your case.
It is helpful to understand that a vast majority of third-party claims or personal injury lawsuits are settled out of court. This is why you need a lawyer who is a skilled negotiator.
Our work injury lawyers will help evaluate the value or worth of your case based on a number of factors including the extent of your injuries and how they limit your routine activities including your ability to work; your past medical expenses as well the cost of any medical treatment and care you will need in the future; whether you will have lasting impairments or disabilities; the wages and earning capacity you are likely to lose as a result of your impairments; and the physical pain and emotional suffering you've endured as a result of your injuries.
We understand the negotiating tricks and strategies used by insurance companies – from lowball offers to so-called final offers that come nowhere near to covering your losses. We can also help ensure that your settlement agreement is properly worded and doesn't have any loopholes so you are protected. Do not agree to any type of agreement without first consulting your lawyer. Rushing into quick settlements without considering long-term consequences is one of the common mistakes personal injury plaintiffs make. Our work injury lawyers will remain on your side throughout the process and help you prevent the pitfalls that could potentially jeopardize your case.
Explore All Avenues of Compensation – Third-Party Claims
Our work injury attorneys have extensive experience handling third-party claims, which are essentially lawsuits against individuals and entities (other than your employer) whose negligence or wrongdoing caused your injury and damages. While workers' compensation benefits cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages, they do not cover major losses such as loss of earning capacity, cost of future treatment and care and pain and suffering. This is why third-party lawsuits are worth much more than workers' compensation benefits.
There are a number of third parties that can be held liable for workplace injuries. Examples of third parties include but are not limited to general contractors, sub-contractors, construction companies, manufacturers of defective products, property owners, negligent drivers, etc. So, in such cases, in addition to workers' compensation benefits, injured workers can file a third-party lawsuit to maximize recovery.
Provide You With Peace of Mind
Often, injured workers wonder what it might cost them to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyer. At Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys, we work on a contingency fee arrangement, meaning we charge you no fees upfront and only get paid if you win your case.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, here are some of the signs that you should reach out to an experienced lawyer right away:
- You have suffered serious, long-term injuries that could leave you disabled or unable to work for a long time.
- You are not sure whether to accept a settlement.
- You are struggling to gather evidence to support your claim.
- Your injuries were caused by third parties or individuals or entities other than your employer.
Call Greenberg and Ruby Injury Attorneys at (323) 782-0535 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation right away. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights and help ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses.