Santa Ana Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
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If you are looking for a workers’ compensation lawyer in Santa Ana who gets results, you’ve come to the right place. If you also need an attorney who will work directly with you instead of handing you off to an inexperienced associate or a clerk, then you can depend on Ufkes & Bright. Here at our smaller Santa Ana firm, we provide personalized attention and produce large firm results.
Why Choose Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys?
- Helping injured workers for 50+ years
- Personal approach and big firm success
- Hands-on, direct approach for each case
A partner from our firm will work one-on-one with you so that you get the fully qualified, individual attention your case needs. We guarantee that we will have the time and resources to fully dedicate to your case, as we limit our caseload. We only accept a case if we can give the client the hands-on attention that he or she deserves. No matter the cause of the accident, no matter how big your legal opponent may be, we are ready to assert your legal right to workers’ compensation benefits.
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Workers’ Compensation Issues That We Handle
Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys can help you with matters such as:
- Workers’ comp benefits
- Denied benefits
- Filing a claim
- Catastrophic injuries
- Construction accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Wrongful death
Benefits You May Collect from Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation benefits packages may vary slightly from state to state or from occupation to occupation in rare cases. For the most part, a person who qualifies for workers’ compensation benefits, or their qualifying family members, will be able to receive compensation in four main forms to help them live a comfortable life.
Your workers’ compensation coverage likely includes:
- Medical: You can get financial assistance to help pay for whatever medical bills your health insurance has not covered. Accepting medical benefits through workers’ compensation, you may not be permitted to choose what doctor sees you, however.
- Temporary disability: You may be able to collect compensatory wages while you recover for wages you missed. Temporary disability benefits will begin after missing days or weeks of work due to your injury preventing you from completing normal tasks.
- Permanent disability: When a doctor diagnoses that you will never fully recover from your injury and therefore can never work safely, you can qualify for permanent disability benefits that help pay for medical costs and day-to-day expenses.
- Death: When a loved one dies due to a work-related injury, surviving spouses and children can collect death benefits, which may cover funeral expenses and a portion of wages the decedent should have earned in their lifetime.
Typical Workers’ Compensation Process
Filing for workers’ compensation after being hurt on-the-job can be a complicated process. Doing or saying the wrong thing can make your ability to collect benefits more difficult, or it may shift some liability onto you. Understanding the process, from start to finish, can help smooth things over should you ever need to make a claim.
- Step 1: You must tell your employer about your accident as soon as you can. They will need to either create a written document of your claim or provide you with the means and time to do so. If your employer should have reasonably known about your work-related injury – such as if you slipped and fell in front of other employees, customers, and closed-circuit television cameras – your immediate report might not be necessary; it is better to be safe than sorry, though, and you should always make an effort to notify a superior.
- Step 2: Filing the claim is largely your employer’s responsibility. Once they know an employee has been injured while at work or performing work-related duties, they need to notify their own insurance provider within a certain amount of time, sometimes less than 48 hours.
- Step 3: The insurance provider may wish to conduct its own investigation into your accident and injury. Be sure to cooperate with them when reasonable but do not provide any information that could be unfairly biased to make you seem negligent. The safe bet is to allow our workers’ compensation attorneys to act on your behalf throughout this process. If their investigation completes in your favor, your claim will be validated and accepted.
- Step 4: Before you accept a final and maximized benefit amount or settlement, you need to get a full doctor’s evaluation of your condition or injury. If you do not, you risk not receiving enough compensation for the full duration of your disability. Maximum medical improvement (MMI) is the technical term for when you have recovered as much as you can from an injury. Reaching MMI is necessary to know if your workers’ compensation benefits will cover you or not.
- Step 5: Many workers’ compensation filings are initially denied due to a typo or other minor clerical error. Working with an attorney can help you avoid such preventable mistakes, as well as prepare your appeal case if you are denied for any reason.
Occupational Illnesses & Workers’ Comp Claims
Not all workers’ compensation claims will be based on a physical injury that can be readily identified, such as a bone fracture or laceration. Many workers are exposed to dangerous chemicals, substances, and diseases on a regular basis, such as doctors and nurses, and they may subsequently become ill from their employment. When this occurs, it is known as an occupational illness and it qualifies the worker for benefits if the illness is chronic or strong enough to prevent them from working. In high-stress level jobs, such as a police officer or firefighter, mental anguish and heart attacks can sometimes be considered an occupational illness.
Getting You the Professional Guidance You Need
While it may be clear as day that you are owed ample workers’ compensation benefits to help you cover your medical expenses, missed time at work, and other losses, the reality is that the Labor Code can be convoluted and frustrating. We have served injured workers since 1964, and we stay up to date on all the latest legal developments. We offer the fully prepared, proven guidance you need to navigate the workers’ compensation process—even if your claim has already been denied. Find out what your legal options are for getting full benefits. Contact Ufkes & Bright today!
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