SoCAL WORKERS COMPENSATION
What items do I need to bring into my first appointment?
In your initial consultation with your California workers compensation attorney, you should always be prepared to discuss the details of your case and how the injury happened at work. If you have received any medical treatment as a result of the injury, please provide your attorney with any documentation you have such as medical bills, prescriptions, doctor exam notes, etc. Documentation is important in any Los Angeles workers compensation case in order to help support your evidence of why you are entitled to compensation. If available, a list of witnesses from the work accident would be extremely helpful in your case.
Is it okay for you to ask your lawyer how much experience they have in handling workers compensation cases?
Absolutely. Any time you are looking to hire an attorney for any legal matter, especially in workers compensation law, you should always consider the experience of the attorney that you are talking with. You are hiring them for both experience, and quality of representation so there is both a certain level of expectation and trust that is needed.
How much will you charge me for handling my workers comp case?
Many law firms are different, and in our case we look at this option as a case by case basis. In most cases, we will represent our clients with either very little or no money down and our law firm will take our fees out of the workers compensation settlement. In some cases we will require a small down payment for various reasons, including the strength of the case or lack of documentation.
How much time to I have to file a workers compensation claim?
In California, you have up to 1 year to file a workers compensation claim to your employer, but generally it is a good idea to submit a claim to your employer within 30 days. In the event that you fail to do so, you risk losing most if not all of your compensation or not being able obtain compensation for your work injuries at all. In the event that you are injured on the job, time is of the essence and you should work quickly to file a workers compensation claim if you want to obtain reasonable compensation to cover any medical expenses, and other injury related expenses.
What if my employer is not insured?
In the event that your employer does not have a workers compensation insurance company, the chances are that they may be self - insured, either way, they are liable and need to pay out your claim. If this is not the case, you have a legal right to initiate a civil lawsuit against your employer for bodily injury, medical expenses and loss of income, however, you may have to pay out of pocket for a civil attorney unless your Los Angeles workers compensation attorney can help.
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