What is workers’ compensation and how do I apply?
When you are hurt on the job, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to provide you with the medical care and money you need to compensate you for your losses. The benefits of workers’ compensation were created to give injured workers the financial help they need when unable to work because of an on-the-job injury. Under workers’ compensation laws, you may be entitled to temporary disability and medical benefits until you are able to return to work. In most instances, when you are hurt on the job, you should contact a skilled workers' compensation attorney to ascertain the benefits to which you are entitled. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney is essential to seeking the benefits necessary to meet your needs.
Aggressive representation for injured workers.
The Law Office of Scott A. Schwartz fights for the rights of injured workers. We handle each case with great care to fight for your full and complete benefits related to your injuries. We provide representation to injured workers in the San Fernando Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale and Santa Clarita. We know you have concerns, so we listen to you. We put our experience to work to obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
What are workers’ compensation laws and what is the hearing process?
Workers’ compensation laws were put in place to protect the injured worker who was hurt while performing job duties. There are laws designated to provide benefits to injured workers, along with the financial stability needed while injured workers heal from their injuries until they are able to return to work. In those instances where injured workers are unable to return to work, the Law Office of Scott A. Schwartz is well-versed in additional rights to which you may be entitled. The laws governing workers’ compensation and the benefits available are ever changing. For this reason, it is critical to enlist the assistance of an experienced attorney who knows the latest laws, knows how to file a claim, and is by your side every step of the way.
It is also important to use an attorney who is familiar with the hearings process. From filling out the proper form for the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) to making sure your claim is filed on time and attending the hearing, we have the necessary experience to handle all aspects of your case. The hearing is considered the “employee’s day in court,” even though there is no jury. We are adept at presenting cases to the bench and arguing for full and fair benefits to compensate you for your injuries.
What types of settlement are available?
Workers’ compensation settlements are designed to compensate you for your disability resulting from an on-the-job accident. In most instances, injured workers receive temporary disability benefits during the period of time they are rendered temporarily totally disabled by their primary treating physician. The type of settlement you are entitled to is unique to the specific facts of your case, but two common options include:
- Stipulations with Request for an Award. You may enter into a stipulated finding and award, in which all parties agree to the terms of the award and future medical care remains open.
- Compromise and Release. You may dispose of your case by way of Compromise and Release. This results in a lump sum payment and ends the opportunity for future medical care.
When evaluating your case, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your team, one who can advise you of the impact of a pre-existing injury and other common issues that arise when considering settlement of your claim. Our attorney guides you toward the type of settlement best suited for your injuries and your case.