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California Workplace Accidents: What Are Your Options?

Each year, thousands of Los Angeles and Carlsbad residents are affected by workplace accidents. If you are a Los Angeles or Carlsbad worker and you have been injured on the job, it is extremely important to understand your rights and proper procedure when it comes to seeking damages and rightful compensation for those injuries.

I’ve just been injured on the job in Los Angeles or Carlsbad, CA. What now?

In the immediate aftermath of your injury, if you are able, you should first and foremost make sure to immediately notify your supervisor about your injury. You should do this no matter how minor the injury seems, as injuries often do not seem as serious as they actually directly after impact. Make sure to fill out all proper paperwork and follow all proper procedure, and protect yourself by asking for copies of any and all written documentation related to your injury. If you have your cell phone on you, you should also take pictures of the injury itself, as well as the scene of the injury.

Once you have secured your immediate safety and notified your supervisor, get medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Make sure to get documented proof of all visits for future reference.

Will I be eligible for worker’s compensation?

Many workers injured on the job are eligible for worker’s compensation. In California, all workplace injuries are covered by the broader California workers’ compensation system. Workers’ compensation may provide medical treatment as well as additional benefits, depending on the severity and the circumstances of your injury.

Are there different types of worker’s compensation

Yes. In addition to paying for medical treatment (through providers selected by your employer or insurance company), there are three broad categories of worker’s compensation that a worker may receive:

  • Temporary Partial Disability: If your injury has caused restrictions or limited conditions on your ability to work rather than total disability, you may be given these benefits. For example, TPD benefits may apply to someone who injured their back, causing partially limited mobility. Temporary partial disability payments are intended to make up the difference between what you were able to earn before the accident and what you are able to earn now.
  • Total Temporary Disability: If your injury has made it so that you are completely unable to do your job, but only for a limited period of time (i.e., until you heal), you may qualify for TTD worker’s compensation. This applies in cases where a person’s injuries preclude them from working until they heal a certain amount (i.e., major broken bones), and in cases where the injury precludes the employer from accommodating them (i.e., recovery from major surgery). These payments are meant to sustain you until you are able to get back to work.
  • Permanent Disability: If your injury is so severe that you are permanently unable to work in general (total permanent disability), or are permanently limited in the type of work that you can do (partial permanent disability), then you may be able to receive permanent disability worker’s compensation benefits. They are awarded over an extended period of time, depending on your loss of ability and loss of wages.

Are you looking for a workplace accident attorney in Los Angeles or Carlsbad, CA? Call Attorney Brett Drouet for a free consultation on your case today.

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