San Bernardino Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Fighting for Injured Workers from All Industries
At Vetchein Law in San Bernardino, we take pride in being a law firm that locals trust when they are down on their luck after an accident, including those that happen in the workplace. No matter your job or background, if you got hurt at work, then you should be given workers’ compensation benefits to help you recover. If your employer or their insurer don’t see things the same way, let us talk to them for you. We can assist with your claim’s management from start to finish, but we focus on denied claims and negotiating settlements.
Different Types of Workplace Accidents & Injuries
Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits to anyone who was injured in a workplace accident or who suffered an injury in the scope of their employment. The exact details of what sort of accident happened are somewhat irrelevant. This means that if you were hurt in almost any type of workplace accident, you should be eligible for workers’ comp.
We can help workers who have suffered these accidents and injuries:
- Back injuries from lifting products all day
- Repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fall from heights or off scaffolding
- Struck by falling objects
- Caught-in/between accidents
- Hit by work vehicles or work-related car accidents
- And much more
Benefits Available from Workers’ Comp
Workers’ compensation can afford the injured worker a number of benefits at no cost to them. Each benefit is meant to make it easier for them to recover quicker from their injury, so they can return to work again. In a way, this benefits both the employer and the employee.
Three of the most important benefits through workers’ comp are:
- Medical treatment coverage: 100% of your necessary medical treatment costs should be covered through workers’ compensation, including care that might be necessary far into the future if you were severely injured.
- Disability pay: If you cannot return to work for a while due to your injury, you can qualify for disability pay, which is usually equal to two-thirds of you’re average pre-injury weekly wage.
- Vocational rehabilitation: Your employer must try to find you another role within the company that accommodates your injury and/or disability. If they cannot, then you might be entitled to vocational rehabilitation benefits that help you start a new career by paying for necessary education, training, or certifications.
Are You Guaranteed Workers’ Comp Benefits?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system, which means that liability is not an automatic issue when considering a claim. If you caused your own injury by mistake, then you can still get benefits, despite your complete liability. This system practically guarantees that you are owed workers’ compensation after a work injury – but no insurance is 100% guaranteed to cover you.
Insurance companies can still refute a workers’ compensation claim for various reasons, such as:
- You intentionally caused your own injury.
- Your injury was not work-related.
- You were intoxicated when the accident happened.
- Your injury was preexisting.
Problems arise when an insurer or employer tries to deny your claim but won’t back up their argument with any evidence. At that point, the goal is probably to frustrate you into giving up your case entirely. Don’t let them push you around with an unreasonable denial. Team up with our San Bernardino workers’ compensation attorney.
Does Everyone Get Workers’ Comp?
Your workers’ compensation case could also be denied if you aren’t actually covered by your employer’s workers’ comp policy. Most employees in California are covered by workers’ comp, but most independent contractors are not. If you’re an independent contractor, then your case will be complicated. Although, some employers will misclassify an employee as an independent contractor to strip them of employment benefits like workers’ compensation. It is always worth talking with a lawyer to see if you’re in such an employment situation.
Ready to Work on Your Case
Vetchtein Law is here to help after you’ve been injured at work and need workers’ compensation benefits. To begin, contact our San Bernardino office today and request a free consultation. During it, we can discuss your case and what you should do next.
Dial (888) 499-3889 now to speak with our San Bernardino workers’ comp lawyer.