After a bad accident, your life can be turned upside down. It can be hard to stay on top of your bills while nursing serious injuries, especially when you are unable to work while you heal. At The Accident Network Law Group, we believe no accident victim should have to suffer in this way. That is why we are committed to helping California accident victims get the financial assistance they need after an accident by filing for workers’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation is a program that provides medical care and replacement income to employees who are injured or become ill due to their jobs. Financial benefits may also extend to the survivors of workers who are killed on the job. Workers’ compensation can be a lifeline for injured workers, but it is important to understand how this insurance program works so you can be fully aware of what to expect after suffering a workplace injury.
In most circumstances, workers’ compensation pays relatively modest amounts and prevents the injured worker or survivors from suing the employer for the injuries or death. With the help of an attorney, you can file for workers’ compensation and fight for your right to get the amount of compensation you deserve, but the benefits only last a certain amount of time.
How Long Does Workers’ Compensation Last?
In the state of California, a typical workplace injury case can provide workers’ compensation benefits provided to the victim for 104 weeks or two years. The 104 weeks of benefits can be distributed throughout five years if necessary, because in some cases an injured worker does not need to use all of their workers’ compensation weeks consecutively. Everything is contingent on the specifics of your workplace accident case.
In the case of extreme injuries, there can be an exception to these terms. Severe work-related injuries can afford an injured California worker up to 240 weeks of workers’ compensation benefits. Under some workers’ compensation policies, some injured workers can receive long-term disability benefits if they are permanently injured due to an accident in the workplace.
If an injured worker receives long-term disability benefits through workers’ compensation insurance, they may eventually need to receive benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance, as workers’ compensation benefits are not intended to last indefinitely. If you are concerned about getting the amount of financial assistance you need after an accident, talk to a lawyer right away. A lawyer can do more than just help you file for workers’ compensation – they can also help you renegotiate your payout if you feel you are not receiving a sufficient amount of money.
How Much Money Can I Get From Workers’ Compensation?
The amount of compensation you may be eligible for from a successful workers’ compensation claim may typically depend on the severity of the job-related injuries you have sustained. For instance, if your injury keeps you from working for several months, you may receive more than a claim that keeps someone from work for a month or less.
The majority of workers’ compensation claimants will receive more than half of their usual wages before tax reductions. Any monetary assistance you receive through workers’ compensation benefits are non-taxable. The California Division of Workers’ Compensation places minimum and maximum amounts that can be paid out weekly and annually, which are subject to change at any time.
For this reason, it is beneficial to seek legal advice before you start the process of applying for workers’ compensation. Your lawyer will help you apply and, if necessary, can help you renegotiate the amount of your benefits so you can get the maximum amount of relief possible. The only way to know how much money you can get after a workplace accident is to share the details of what you’ve suffered with a lawyer. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the sooner you can start to the process of getting the relief you deserve.
How Can I Get Help Applying For Workers’ Compensation?
The best way to ensure you receive the amount of workers’ compensation benefits you deserve is to contact a lawyer for help filing your application. Whether it is because of small errors made through the application process or your injury wasn’t reported in a timely manner, a successful claim can be difficult to achieve without the proper help. Our team of workers’ compensation attorneys can aid you with your claims process from beginning to end to ensure accuracy, efficiency, and effectiveness.
In the event that your workers’ compensation application is denied, a lawyer can help you file an appeal and resubmit a stronger application. It is helpful to navigate this process with the help of a professional who knows the intricacies of California workers’ compensation law. Without the assistance of a lawyer, you run the risk of accepting a dollar amount of benefits that doesn’t adequately help pay your bills.
At The Accident Network Law Group, we never charge for an initial consultation. If you need help filing for workers’ compensation, or are worried about getting enough financial assistance, you can contact our law office free of charge to have your initial questions and concerns addressed.
Schedule A Free, No-Obligation Consultation With The Accident Network Law Group If You Are Concerned About Getting Enough Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Recovering after an accident is no easy task. At The Accident Network Law Group, we believe California workplace accident victims should have the right to focus on healing and nursing their injuries, without worrying about paying their bills or missing time at work. That’s why we offer free consultations to workplace accident victims who need their questions answered. If you are concerned about paying your bills after an accident, our team of attorneys are here to help.
Schedule your consultation today by calling (951) 291-0976 or sending us an email at [email protected] We have workers’ compensation law offices in Costa Mesa and Riverside, and are happy to help any California accident victim in need. The sooner you call, the sooner you can get the help and relief you deserve after your workplace accident.