California attorney Joseph Kritzer has represented injured employees for more than two decades. He understands the importance of securing a dedicated legal representative to make sure that you receive a full and fair recovery. Workers’ compensation insurance laws provide benefit schedules based on the extent and severity of injuries sustained, how those injuries impact you in the short term, and how they will affect you in the long term. Ideally, this would make collecting work comp benefits easy, but unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Insurance companies and employers often make collecting your benefits difficult, and they can challenge almost any aspect of your claim. They may dispute the extent of your injuries, recommended medical care, the severity of your disability, and medical opinions related to your potential recovery. An experienced workers’ comp attorney will stand up to employers and insurers who treat you unfairly and advocate for your right to collect your work injury benefits.
Healthcare Worker Injuries
We frequently represent healthcare workers in workers’ compensation claims because their job duties require regular physical exertion. CNAs, nurses, and other medical professionals spend a lot of time lifting and moving patients and medical equipment, which commonly leads to sprains, strains, and other musculoskeletal injuries. They also spend a lot of time charting, which can cause ergonomic injuries as well.
Office Worker Injuries
A significant percentage of work comp claims arise out of office work. This is perhaps surprising to many, but not to those who have spent years filing, typing, and other office work duties. Office workers often sustain injuries caused by repetitive movements and non-ergonomic workstations. These injuries can develop over time, and it sometimes takes years for employees to realize that their work duties are causing injuries.
Unfortunately, many of these gradual injuries go unreported because employees don’t know how they can prove that their injuries are work-related. That’s where an experienced work comp attorney can help. We understand office work injuries, how they develop, and how to help you get the medical evaluation and diagnosis that you need to help prove your claim.
Slips And Falls
Slips and falls are among the most common workplace injuries, and they happen in all types of occupations. Whether you work in healthcare, construction, an office, landscaping, or any other job, slip and fall accidents can cause significant injuries and damages. Falls can cause deep tissue and muscle damage, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Slips, trips, and falls cause approximately 25% of workplace injuries.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a compressed or squeezed nerve resulting in pain, numbness, tingling, and sometimes loss of function in the hand, wrist, and arm. The disease can be painful and debilitating. In some of the most severe carpal tunnel syndrome cases, the injury’s damage can be irreversible, leading to permanent disability.
Anyone is at risk for developing the disease, but women are generally at a higher risk of carpal tunnel injuries. Our office especially sees regular carpal tunnel injuries in those who have spent decades working in an office or another occupation that requires a lot of computer use and heavy lifting.
Spinal Cord/Back Trauma
Spinal cord and back trauma injuries are common in employees whose job duties require significant amounts of repetitive pushing, pulling, and lifting at work. Spinal and back injuries are also common in employees who have suffered a serious slip and fall accident in the workplace. Complications from these injuries may include loss of feeling, pain, and loss of movement and function. In the best-case scenarios, these injuries are temporary and will go away after time off and medical care, but in other cases, the injury impacts can be permanent.
If you have suffered a heart attack or stroke, you may be surprised to learn that workers’ compensation insurance covers these injuries if they arise out of and occur in the course of your employment. Proving these cases can be challenging, but a work comp attorney can use medical evaluations and opinions to help prove that your heart attack or stroke was caused by job-related physical exertion or stress.
Filing Your Claim With A Workers’ Comp Attorney
If you have sustained any type of injury that you believe may be job-related, it is important to inform your employer and pursue your claim as soon as possible. There are strict notice and filing deadlines for California workers’ compensation claims, and if you miss those deadlines, you might lose your right to collect compensation. A California workers’ comp attorney can help with your claim and make sure that you do not miss any important filing deadlines.