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work injury attorneys

We guide you through this often complex and confusing legal process, allowing you time to heal and recuperate.

“Their expertise in litigation created an outcome for me beyond my wildest expectations.”

Lee H. – Construction Accident & workers' compensation

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Our Reputation for Success

Having been in business since 1979, we’ve gained respect from both the legal and insurance communities. Our 30+ years legal experience, community development and firm name recognition are a few of the unique advantages you receive as one of our clients. We understand, when you’re looking for a work injury lawyer, you are in need of an experienced lawyer that can handle anything and has seen it all.

You want a Riverside work injury attorney who will take the time to speak with you, handle your case as quickly as possible and get the maximum settlement or verdict recovery for your case. We know you want the best and our reputation in Southern California speaks for itself. We are among the best workers’ compensation and work injury trial attorneys you can find.

"I thank God because they handled our case and I will never be able to THANK them enough."

Erick A. – auto accident & brain injury/car vs truck accident

*due to privacy, actual client not pictured

meet our workers compensation attorneys

Meet our legal team that is here to help you throughout the process.

Jess J. Araujo

John A. Montevideo

Joel J. Thomas

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Since 1979, a reputation for successful California work injury litigation

Recognition & respect in the California legal community & courts

No up-front costs. We don’t win, you don’t pay

why trust dimarco | araujo | montevideo?

AV Rated

The highest rating attorneys can have for ethical standards and legal ability

Official Legal Counsel

For the Mexican and El Salvadorian Consulates of Orange County

Top 5% of lawyers in the USA

By Martindale-Hubbell (less than 5% of all attorneys in the United States are selected)

Exclusive Work Injury Attorney

Recommendation by OCEA Labor Union (Orange County Employees Association) and friend of labor unions

A+ Rating

From the Better Business Bureau (BBB’s highest possible rating)

2011 CA Trial Lawyer President

Of statewide plaintiff’s trial bar and consumer protection group CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California)

Why You Should Choose DiMarco Araujo Montevideo for Your Workers Compensation Case

  1. We have a reputation for success. With more than 40 years of legal experience, our firm is known for our hard work, commitment to the cause and exceptional case results.
  2. We are a full-service law firm. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can handle every aspect of your case while you focus on healing. We can identify the defendant, counsel you on your legal options and demand fair compensation on your behalf.
  3. Our work injury lawyers in Riverside have the resources to fight for full compensation. We provide not only a group of experienced work injury lawyers but also access to accident reconstructionists, economists, doctors, vocational experts and others.
  4. We accept work injury clients in Riverside on a contingency fee basis. You will not have to pay us upfront to retain our services. You will only pay legal fees if and when we secure a compensatory award for you.

How We Handle Riverside Work Injury Cases

Most injured workers in Riverside are only aware of one process for obtaining financial relief: a workers’ compensation claim. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, however, we recognize two types of claims that can benefit injured workers: workers’ compensation and a third-party civil action. Our law firm accepts both types of cases to streamline your compensation claim. Rather than having to work with multiple attorneys or law firms, our Riverside work injury lawyers can strategically handle both claims for you in-house.

When you retain our firm, you benefit from our extensive knowledge of both types of compensation claims. We can review your individual case and let you know which route we believe is best for you. Then, our staff members can come together to build as strong a case as possible on your behalf. We understand you may not know much about workplace injuries or injured workers’ rights, which is why we offer free consultations so you can ask questions and get trustworthy answers.

After your initial consultation, our Riverside County work injury lawyers will work together to develop a strategy for claims negotiation and/or litigation. We can contact medical experts to serve as witnesses in your case, gather key evidence, get copies of important documents and take other steps to build your case. Then, we can go up against an insurance company or another defendant on your behalf, demanding fair and full financial recovery. Our law firm will be there for you every step of the way.

California Workers’ Compensation Claim Process

The workers’ compensation system should be simple. It should be easy to file your claim and obtain fair compensation for your losses. Sadly, this is not always true in California. An employer or insurance company could dispute liability to try to avoid paying you. They could also question your claim due to an increase in workers’ compensation fraud. Insurance companies in California deny valid workers’ compensation claims each year. A Riverside workers’ compensation attorney from DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo could help you through the claims process.

  1. Notify your employer. You have a strict 30-day limit on notifying your employer of the accident and injury. Missing this deadline could compromise your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
  2. Request a copy of your completed DWC1 form. Your employer should fill out the Initial Report of Injury form and submit it to the insurance company on your behalf. Request a copy of the completed form for your records.
  3. Wait for a response. The workers’ compensation insurance provider must notify you in writing of its decision to approve or deny your claim within 14 of receiving the form. If it needs more time to investigate, it must give a valid reason.
  4. Appeal a denial. If the insurer denies your workers’ compensation claim, one of our lawyers can help you file an appeal. An appeal asks the insurance company to reconsider its decision.
  5. Negotiate your claim. In some cases, the insurer accepts the claim but does not offer a fair or reasonable amount. You may need a lawyer to help negotiate a better settlement.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim may not require you to prove someone’s fault or negligence for your injuries, but it does come with complicated legal processes. Hiring a work injury lawyer to help you with the claims process from the beginning can protect your rights and ensure you submit the paperwork correctly the first time. A Riverside work injury lawyer from DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo may be able to speed up your claim and improve the odds of receiving a fair settlement offer.

How Our Experience Can Help

Dealing with a workers’ compensation insurance company may not be easy alone. An insurance claims adjuster may believe he or she can take advantage of your inexperience to offer a low settlement amount or unfairly deny your claim. If you do not fully understand your rights in California, these tactics might work to rob you of a fair case outcome. If you hire an attorney from DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, on the other hand, we can force an insurer to treat your claim fairly.

Most insurance companies will immediately change the way it treats claims upon discovering the client has hired a workers’ compensation lawyer. Insurance companies know lawyers could take them to court – an expensive process most insurers wish to avoid. Rather than taking the case to trial, the insurance company may increase its original settlement offer to better suit your needs. If not, one of our trial attorneys can take the insurer and/or other defendants to court in pursuit of fair financial recovery.

Our experience in the work injury practice area could help you file an initial workers’ compensation claim, litigate an appeal, contest a denied application, negotiate a fair settlement offer and potentially file a personal injury claim. We have reliable work injury attorneys in Riverside and connections in this practice area to help any way we can.

Are Employers Allowed to Retaliate Against Me If I File A Riverside Workers Compensation Claim?

Never let the fear of employer retaliation prevent you from exercising your rights as an injured worker. The California workers’ compensation system is in place to benefit you. You have every right to file an injury claim without fear of retaliation from your boss in the form of job termination, demotion, change of schedule, pay cut or another adverse action. Sadly, some employers take their frustrations out on injured workers by handling their claims in bad faith. This could lead to unfairly delayed or denied workers’ compensation suits.

If you experienced any type of punishment from your employer for filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may have the right to bring a civil lawsuit against your employer. A retaliation claim could force your employer to reinstate your job, revise the way it treated your workers’ compensation request and take other steps to right the wrongs against you. The Riverside work injury attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo can help you with a retaliation lawsuit as well as your original workers’ compensation case in California.

What Additional Claims Can I File After Sustaining A Riverside Work Injury?

Workers’ compensation may not be your only outlet for financial recovery after sustaining a work injury in California. Workers’ compensation offers no-fault benefits at a price – there are limits to how much the system will give you for your losses. Workers’ compensation will only reimburse you for two-thirds of your average weekly lost wages, for example. For this reason, it could be in your best interest to file a civil third-party lawsuit instead of or in addition to a workers’ compensation claim.

A third-party lawsuit claims someone else negligently, recklessly or maliciously caused your accident. If you accept workers’ compensation benefits, you automatically forfeit your right to bring a personal injury claim against your employer. You may still, however, bring a lawsuit against a third party, such as a product manufacturer, contractor, property owner or the City of Riverside. If a third party caused your injuries, you may qualify for financial relief from both the workers’ compensation system and an injury lawsuit.

If you believe your employer caused your recent injuries, do not accept a workers’ compensation settlement until you have spoken to an attorney at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo. You cannot file a negligence claim against your employer after you accept a workers’ compensation settlement. Our lawyers can review your case and help you pursue the best type of legal action for your specific situation. You may be eligible for compensation from one or both types of claims for your Riverside work injury.

How we can help you right now

Work Injury

  • Ensure you receive immediate and competent medical treatment
  • Give you peace of mind. We will handle dealing with the insurance companies
  • With our reputation and success record, we will get your case taken seriously
  • Full and fair compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering
  • Recover your lost income: past, present and future

Workers' Compensation

  • Ensure you receive immediate and competent medical treatment to help you reach Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
  • Under the law, your employer cannot fire or penalize you for filing a workers’ compensation claim
  • If you cannot work, your employer must pay disability
  • Maximize your State Disability Benefits (SDI) and Social Security Benefits allowed under the law
  • A claim value assessment

our work accident lawyers are well known throughout southern california

A work injury raises many questions for injured employees. After a serious incident, you may wonder how long you will need to stay out of work and what type of benefits you are eligible to receive. At DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, we do more than fight court battles. We help our clients access the support they need to heal and move forward in life after serious work injuries. Work injuries are divided into two primary categories: specific and cumulative. Specific injuries occur as a result of one accident or incident, such as a worker suffering a broken bone from falling off of a ladder. Cumulative injuries often include repetitive injuries that build up over time such as carpal tunnel. Cumulative injuries may also include psychological trauma or workplace illnesses. While certain industries face a higher risk for injury, the workers compensation attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo in Riverside help clients across many industries. Almost all work-related injuries are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or a work injury-related claim. After a work injury, you need a strong, supportive attorney on your side. The team at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo has 30+ years of experience, the skillsets, and the aggressive approach needed to resolve any California work injury case. Our attorneys act as more than legal counselors. We also help our clients find qualified medical treatment, negotiate with insurers and bill collectors, and provide emotional support during a difficult time.

Our work accident attorneys have been assisting the Riverside County and Southern California communities for over 35 years.

We believe in what we do - Advocate for you

We also believe we, as your lawyers, should be part of the solution and not the problem.

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We believe in the legal and legislative protection of injured people.