Fighting for the Rights of Injured Workers in Riverside and the Inland Empire
If you have been seriously injured in a workplace accident, take action: call RP Law Group, the most aggressive workers’ compensation law firm in the Inland Empire. Within 24 hours, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a workers’ comp attorney who is completely dedicated to protecting your rights and getting you the money you deserve.
Understanding the Workers’ Compensation System
California has strict laws when it comes to workers’ compensation insurance. Under the California labor code, all employers with at least one employee are required to carry workers’ comp insurance. Failure to do so can result in criminal or civil charges. This means that if you have been hurt on the job in Riverside or elsewhere in the State of California, you should be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim in order to secure benefits. These benefits can be used to help pay for a portion of your lost income as well as all of your medical care; in fact, employers are required by law to pay for the medical care of any workers that are injured on the job, regardless of whether they miss time from work or not. Depending on your situation, there may be other benefits you are entitled to, including supplemental job displacement benefits that can help pay for any retraining. During your initial meeting, our workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine what additional benefits you may be eligible to receive.
Who Is Eligible to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Part-time workers and temporary workers are generally still covered by workers’ compensation. In many cases, workers’ compensation insurance protects independent contractors as well. Note that fault is not an issue in workers’ comp claims. An injured worker is not required to prove that an employer or a co-worker was responsible for causing an accident. You should be able to receive benefits regardless of who or what caused your injuries. Also, injured employees have the right to file a claim over injuries resulting from repetitive movement or exposure to environmental hazards such as excessive noise in addition to those resulting from acute incidents such like falls. Keep in mind that you cannot sue your employer directly over any injuries you incurred in the workplace. Workers’ comp insurance guarantees workers benefits in the event they are injured, but it also insulates employers from liability. However, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation if, prior to filing your claim, you were informed that you were going to be terminated
We Can Help You Get the Benefits You Deserve
Claims related to minor injuries such as a cut finger may not require you to enlist the aid of a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer. However, if your injury is bad enough to warrant surgery, hospitalization, continued at-home care, or other expensive medical intervention it is in your interest to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. An informed workers’ compensation attorney can help you see that you are not unjustly denied or defrauded of your benefits when you are filing your claim and also prevent your employer from retaliating against you for so filing.