The Riverside Work Accident Lawyers You Need
Under one roof, the Riverside workers compensation attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo carry with them the combined expertise and three decades plus experience of practice in the field of work injury law. The combined expertise of our workers’ compensation attorneys and staff gives us a 360-degree view of your injury case. Every case that comes in is looked at by both sides to ensure we see it correctly. In this way, our Riverside work injury law firm offers a unique benefit by being able to streamline both your workers’ compensation claim and Third Party civil work injury claim for your maximum potential recovery.
By handling both cases in-house, this 360-degree view will enable you to avoid the limitations of approaching your case from only a work injury or only a workers’ compensation perspective. Our experienced Riverside County workers compensation lawyers work together to develop your strategy for litigation, bring expert medical witnesses together, collect the necessary evidence and documentation to support your claims, and negotiate and/or litigate for you. We do this because we’re with you all the way.
DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo is experienced in various areas of the law and offer clients skilled legal advice and services. We specialize in workers’ rights in the workplace and believe in protecting the rights of those in the workforce. We are well-versed in workers compensation law and can walk you through it step by step. We have worked on cases that involve shoulder injuries, carpal tunnel, head injuries, spine injuries, and much more. Contact one of our Riverside workers compensation lawyers for a free initial consultation.
California Workers’ Compensation Laws
In California, every employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance, even if a company only has a single employee. Employers must provide injured employees with all the materials and forms necessary for filing a workers’ compensation claim, and an injured employee has the responsibility of reporting the injury to his or her supervisor as soon as possible. Any delay in reporting a workplace injury may reflect negatively on a claimant, so it’s important to report an injury as quickly as possible to start the process.
Once started, the State Workers’ Compensation Board will review the employee’s claim and the employer will refer the employee to one of several available doctors for treatment. In the event of an emergency, an injured employee can seek treatment from any available doctor, but once the emergency situation stabilizes, he or she must resume care with a doctor on the employer’s insurer’s approved list of providers. Workers’ compensation benefits in California can last through the employee’s recovery time and may also extend after the employee resumes work if he or she had to take a different position due to the injury. If you want to use a doctor that hasn’t been picked by your company, speak to a Riverside workers compensation lawyer.
Workers’ compensation benefits are about two-thirds of your average weekly wages, which can provide substantial relief during your recovery. These benefits will continue for up to 104 consecutive weeks. It’s also possible to transition to partial benefits once you can resume part-time work or if you had to change jobs due to your injury. If your injury resulted in permanent disability, your Riverside workers compensation attorney may be able to help you secure permanent disability benefits due to your diminished earning capacity.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Cases We Handle
Our work accident firm can help injured workers file an initial claim or contest a delayed or denied application. The workers’ compensation system investigates every claim’s validity, but there are some administrative issues that may delay a claim or lead to a denial. Hiring a reliable work accident attorney experienced with workers’ compensation claims can prevent this. The attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo can assist with any step of the workers’ compensation application process or help you appeal a denied claim. If your benefit payments suddenly stop, our workers compensation lawyers in Riverside can help determine a solution to the issue or appeal a reduced claim.
In the event your employer interferes with your workers’ compensation claim or inflicts any adverse treatment against you for making a workers’ compensation claim, our firm can help you explore your legal options.
Workplace Retaliation in Riverside
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a protected action in the United States, so an employer may not interfere with an employee’s claim, unreasonably delay a claim, or take any adverse action against the employee for filing. Workers’ compensation claims may frustrate some employers as they may cause their insurance premiums to rise, but they still have an obligation to process and handle employees’ claims in good faith. “Retaliation” is the legal definition of an employer punishing an employee for filing a claim. This can include firing the employee, changing the employee’s job title or duties, demoting the employee or cutting hours, or otherwise creating a hostile work environment for the employee. If you suspect that your employer might be retaliating against you for filing a workers compensation claim, speak to a work accident lawyer for help.
Compensation Beyond Workers’ Compensation
Some workplace injuries will result in damages exceeding the limits of what workers’ compensation can provide. When workers’ compensation isn’t enough to cover your losses after a workplace injury, you may have the option of filing a personal injury claim if another party’s negligence caused your injury. If a defective piece of equipment, vehicle, or other product caused your injury, you could explore a product liability claim against the manufacturer. If a third party outside your place of employment caused your injuries, such as a reckless driver, we can help you take legal action against the appropriate party.
The Riverside workers compensation lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo are here to help. Schedule a free consultation with us today.