Accidents on the job happen often. Daily, there are thousands of injured Americans. However, nearly 50 percent of them seek compensation for the injuries they sustained at work. Those who do not seek compensation either don’t know about it or are too scared of losing their jobs.
In California, every injured individual who suffered from an injury at the workplace is entitled to receive workers compensation, which includes:
- Fully paid medical coverage
- 2/3 compensation for the lost wages
- Retraining (if necessary)
- Compensation for the pain, suffering, stress, and injuries sustained
In order to receive workers compensation, you have to file a workers compensation claim first. Our Workers Compensation Attorneys in Los Angeles will help you with the initial claim and will help guide you through the process in order to ensure that you end up receiving and securing your benefits.
But what are the most common causes of accidents on the job in California?
Slip And Fall
Around 45 percent of all work injuries happen from slipping over something, and/or falling. Now if you are working on a construction site, falling down may result in grave injuries. But if you are working in the office, if you slip over a wet floor, you may end up with a back or head injury. These injuries should never be taken lightly, as they may have long-lasting and complicated consequences. You may be prevented from performing any additional work until your injuries are fully healed.
Notify your superiors of your injury as soon as you can (you have a 30 day period), and contact one of our Los Angeles Workers Compensation Attorneys as soon as you are able to in order to start the process and file for workers compensation benefits. It takes time to receive them, so the faster you give us a call, the faster you will start the whole process and receive your benefits.
Transport and Vehicle Accidents
Vehicle-related accidents can be any of the two mentioned below:
- On the road accidents (getting injured or killed after being involved in a car accident) while performing your duty
- In the workplace accident (injured while operating a vehicle or by someone else’s negligence while operating a vehicle)
As an employee, you should be aware of all the risks that this job has to offer and work on increasing your safety. Assess the situation, and try and prevent any injury from happening in the first place. If the injury still takes place, don’t forget to seek workers compensation.
Fire and Explosion
Unexpected things may happen sometimes, and cause the injury for many workers. Faulty gas lines, improperly stored combustible materials, toxic or radioactive materials and any poor pipefitting may cause a small catastrophe, where at least one person will end up seriously injured or dead. However, these unexpected events are responsible for less than 5 percent of all work-related injuries.
Repetitive Motion and Overexertion
Performing the same action over and over again and pushing yourself beyond your limits will most likely result in an injury. If you develop a condition as a result of repetitive motion or overexertion, you have the same right as every other employee who received a physical injury. Simply contact one of our attorneys, and seek workers compensation.
Remember that it is your legal right to seek help and compensation for everything that you have been through. Don’t let anyone intimidate you, threaten to take your job or stand in your way. Contact a legal representative, and learn how you can get the benefits you deserve in a timely manner.