A work-related injury can occur in a split second, but the ramifications can last a lifetime. At Berman More Gonzalez, Attorneys at Law in Santa Ana, California, we understand the new workers' compensation laws and will work tirelessly to get our clients the best medical care they need. Whether our client is a construction worker who fell off scaffolding, an office worker with carpal tunnel syndrome, a delivery driver involved in a car accident or a factory worker whose back was strained in an industrial accident, Santa Ana work comp claim attorney Keith P. More from Berman More Gonzalez, Attorneys at Law cares.
Aggressive Workers' Compensation Lawyers Handling Cases In All Surrounding Areas In Orange County
Our team of workers' compensation attorneys serve victims who have sustained severe injuries such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, vision loss and wrongful death claims throughout Orange County.
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The Workers' Compensation Claim Process Now Puts Workers At A Disadvantage
On April 19, 2004, the California workers' compensation process changed. The passing of Senate 899 caused a great deal of harm to the workers' compensation system and revamped it, now making it more difficult for injured employees to get the help they need. Under new laws, the benefits that injured workers are entitled to include:
- Temporary disability: Workers will now receive two-thirds of their average weekly wage up to a maximum benefit depending upon the year's date of the work-related injury. There is a limit of 104 weeks on temporary disability.
- Medical treatment: Employers have an obligation to provide up to $10,000 in reasonable and necessary medical care (including hospital beds, leg braces, wheel chairs, etc.) until the workers' compensation claim is either admitted or denied. All medical treatment must now pass through a utilization review first and many insurance companies are using this to deny the injured worker of the most fundamental basic benefits.
- Permanent disability: After the injured worker's condition has stabilized, reached maximum medical improvement or been found to be permanent and stationary, the injured worker is entitled to permanent disability. The permanent disability is now based on a whole person impairment relying upon the American Medical Association guidelines rather than an inability to compete in the open job market.
- Vocational rehabilitation: Before the workers' compensation laws changed, if a doctor designated you as a qualified injured worker, you were entitled to $16,000 worth of vocational rehabilitation. Now, under the new workers' compensation laws, an injured employee can only get a voucher for a minimum amount of retraining depending upon the extent of his or her permanent disability.
Our Team Of Santa Ana Work Comp Claim Lawyers Understand The California Workers' Compensation Process
If you have been hurt on the job, you need to use your energy to get well and not fight with the insurance companies. Workers' compensation attorneys at Berman More Gonzalez, Attorneys at Law have represented injured workers for more 25 years. Our team of lawyers will spot issues that other attorneys will fail to take into account such as an injured worker's overtime pay or pay from a second job.
Our team also identifies any third-party personal injury claims and is experienced enough to handle both personal injury and workers' compensation claims. Oftentimes, an individual will be injured on a construction site and the accident will be caused by a subcontractor. The injured construction workers will be entitled to workers' compensation benefits but also compensation for pain and suffering based upon the third party's negligence. A third-party claim can arise from an electrocution, scaffolding injury and other occurrences.
Unlike other workers' compensation attorneys, our lawyers will go to court to get injured workers the basic fundamental medical treatment and disability benefits. In fact, in 2003 and 2004, Keith More was named Orange County Workers' Compensation Trial Lawyer of the year. This is the first time in Orange County that a trial lawyer has received this award two years in a row. Mr. More is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Club for his handling of personal injury cases and has been named a Super Lawyer since 2009.
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