Westlake Village and Agoura Hills Work Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured in a California work accident, you may be able to start receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits very quickly and/or you may be able to receive compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Most employees are covered by Workers’ Compensation. If you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits, you are barred from suing your employer, under most circumstances, but can still sue a third party if appropriate. The Westlake Village and Agoura Hills work accident attorneys of Rudorfer Law can determine if you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation and help you pursue all avenues of compensation that are available to you for the result you deserve.
California Workers’ Compensation
California law requires employers to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance on most employees. A Workers’ Compensation claim is an insurance claim and you do not need to prove fault to receive benefits if you are injured in a work accident. You can receive replacement of up to two-thirds of your wages and your medical bills are covered. The downside to Workers’ Compensation is that it does not pay for all of your damages.
You are not required to hire an attorney to file a Workers’ Compensation claim, but there are many reasons why you should. Your employer or your employer’s insurance company may try to deny your claim, pay less than you deserve, or cut off benefits before you are able to return to work. Rudorfer Law is here to fight for you and make sure that you receive the maximum benefits that you deserve.
Independent contractors are not protected by Workers’ Compensation laws, but some employees are denied benefits because they are misclassified as independent contractors. We can determine if you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Personal Injury Lawsuit for California Work Accidents
If you are not eligible for Workers’ Compensation, you can sue the person or company you were working for. If you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation, you may still be able to pursue a lawsuit against a third party while receiving your Workers’ Compensation benefits.
A third-party lawsuit is against someone, other than your employer, that was responsible for your injuries. For instance, if your accident was caused by a defective tool or machinery, you can pursue full compensation from the maker or seller of the defective product.
A lawsuit takes much longer than a Workers’ Compensation claim, and you must prove fault, but it can yield full compensation for your injuries including non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Please do not wait until it is too late. If you have been injured in a work accident, please call the Westlake Village and Agoura Hills work accident attorneys of Rudorfer Law at 818-963-1981 or email us today to schedule your free consultation. We never charge a fee unless we win your case, and then you only pay us out of the money recovered from the insurance companies.