If you sustained catastrophic injuries at work due to faulty workplace equipment, you might be entitled to compensation and other remedies under a workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, catastrophic injuries are often devastating and life-changing for injured employees and their families.
At the Law Office of Joseph Kritzer, we understand that these injuries can cause immense suffering and challenges, and we will work to see that you secure the compensation that you deserve.
Types Of Catastrophic Injuries Caused By Faulty Equipment
Faulty equipment can mean any defective equipment used in the workplace. Equipment may be faulty for many reasons, such as manufacturing or design flaws, overuse or misuse, or poor equipment maintenance.
Catastrophic injuries are severe and often permanent. Examples of catastrophic injuries include brain injury, amputation, loss of use, paralysis, burns, loss of sight or hearing, and death.
California Workers’ Compensation Law
Under California law, workers’ compensation insurance is no-fault, which means that you do not have to prove fault in order to recover under a work comp claim. If your injuries are work-related, you are entitled to compensation. Depending on the extent of your injuries and damages, workers’ compensation benefits may include the following:
- The cost of medical care, rehabilitation, and handicap accommodations for your injuries.
- Temporary disability benefits for disabilities that are not expected to be permanent.
- Permanent disability benefits when you are not expected to ever fully recover from your injuries.
- Supplemental job displacement benefits if you are unable to return to work.
- Death benefits may be available for dependents who lost their loved ones as a result of workplace injuries.
Additional Compensation For Catastrophic Injuries
If your employer violated federal or state workplace safety standards, you might have an additional claim against your employer for personal injury. Personal injury compensation may provide you with more financial recovery options, such as payment for the pain and suffering you experienced. If the equipment was faulty due to defects, you might have a product liability claim against the equipment manufacturer or seller.
Making A Workers’ Compensation Claim
Navigating workers’ compensation deadlines and requirements can be difficult without experienced legal representation. Employers and insurance companies can make financial recovery difficult, but it is easier when you have an attorney advocating for your compensation.
Workers’ comp claims and other filings need to be completed within a specific time frame. If you fail to report your injury or file your claim, you may lose your right to compensation.
Appealing A Workers’ Compensation Decision
If your claim is denied or you do not believe that the workers’ compensation award is fair to you, appealing that decision may be an option. Sometimes, to succeed on an appeal, you only need to set forth more evidence of your work-related injuries and damages. Other times, you may need to undergo a qualified medical evaluation.
Regardless of where you are in the claims process, if you have suffered catastrophic injuries at work, a workers’ compensation attorney can help improve your chances of a successful claim for maximum compensation.